TOYOTA Zambia has challenged other corporate bodies to enhance their social responsibility by coming on board to help children with special ailments
And BEIT Cure Hospital (BCH) consultant orthopaedic surgeon Giorgio Lastroni has expressed concern that that very few people are aware that the facility offers free services for children up to the age 18 years with ailments involving the throat, nose and ears.
Mr Lastroni said that the hospital was struggling to inform the surrounding community as well as the country at large although it had the state-of-the-art equipment and a neuro surgeon Dr Kachinga Sichizya to deal with various ailments that affect the brain, spine, spinal cord and the peripheral nerves.
He explained that there was no need for children to be taken abroad for specialist treatment as the hospital was fully equipped to handle such cases.
“We are still struggling to inform people in our surrounding communities and the country at large that we do provide free specialist treatment for children from the age of 0 to 18 years in throat, noise and ear care; we hope the media can assist us disseminate this information,” he said.
Speaking at the same event after donating K100,000 to the hospital, Toyota Zambia managing director Dino Bianchi said that there was need for companies to come to the aid of the underprivileged children in the care of the hospital.
Mr Bianchi said that the motor vehicle firm was determined to make a difference in the lives of children and appealed to other corporate bodies to enhance their zeal for social responsibility.
“As Toyota we are determined to make a difference in bettering the lives of children particularly in health as well as education and we would also like to urge other corporate bodies to come on board to help children here with special needs,” he said.
And BCH executive director Maarten Caspiri thanked Toyota for the gesture and described the company as an all-weather friend of the hospital.
BCH Zambia is celebrating 10 years of quality services and bettering the lives of children.