Hospitals in Zambia

The three main hospitals in Mufulira, Copperbelt, Zambia are :

Malcolm Watson – originally part of the mine complex funded after 1964 ( independence ) by Zambian Consolidated Copper Mines ) , the then state-owned copper industry. Now it was one of the assets acquired in 2000 by Glencore Intl Ag when Zambia privatised their industry under pressure from the World Bank/ IMF. We are told that, since that time, funding has been much reduced and the qualification for admission steadily reduced also. Before, the wider community was able to use the facilities as well as families of miners. Now we are told only specific miners cases may be addressed. It is an under-used asset.

Ronald Ross-named after the famous Scottish physician who discovered the life cycle of the mosquito, this hospital is the main state hospital in the town, as far as I know. It does a great job in difficult circumstances. The eye surgeon whom I met was performing circa 80 cataract operations over dedicated weekends without sterilisation equipment.

Kamuchanga- in a suburb serving a catchment area of 90,000, this hospital gre up when the town clerk donated a former miners’ tavern and its buildings for the formation of this hospital. It struggles but does wonderful work. I have seen the AIDS clinic and donors from our Metals Association bought and supplied an anaesthetic machine ( its first ) for late showing pregnancies/ caesarean sections.

My thanks to Antony Lipmann for this information.

Nigel Palmer



About nigepalphi

I am a trustee of Partnerships in Health Information. I was librarian of the Health Education Council in London from 1969 to 1972, then librarian of St Mary's Hospital Medical School from 1972 to 2002.
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