By Nation Reporter
PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu is next week expected to commission a 240-bed Zambia Air Force (ZAF) hospital and a hangar at Air Headquarters in Lusaka.
ZAF director for public relations and foreign liaison directorate, Lieutenant Colonel Mutale Kasoma said the construction of the hospital which started in 2012 was spearheaded by Ladies Air Power Club.
Col. Kasoma said the Ladies’ club had been involved in other projects aimed at raising the living standards of ZAF personnel and the surrounding communities.
He said the modern hospital would underscore the priority that had been attached to the welfare of air force personnel and help to decongest Maina Soko Hospital.
He said the phase one hospital included an out-patient department, an administration block, casualty, theatre, laboratory, resuscitation and dental surgery would have 240 bed spaces and other amenities.
Col. Kasoma said the second phase would have a maternity ward, mortuary and other amenities, adding that the construction works had been completed in good time which was in line with Government’s goal of providing quality health care to all Zambians.
He was proud of ZAF’s transformation, stating that the hospital would not only benefit Airmen but also surrounding communities.
“Today, ZAF has grown both in terms of organisational structure and strength. This has transformed the ZAF into a potent component of the defence services within Zambia’s national policy of self-defence,” said Col. Kasoma.
Col. Kasoma observed that from the first indigenous ZAF Air Commander Lieutenant-General Peter Zuze, appointed on March 1, 1972, through the successive commands, to the present 10th one Lieutenant-General Eric Chimese, ZAF had been responsive to the changing threat analysis and found its place in contributing to national development.