Zambian President Edgar Lungu addressed a large crowd at the commissioning of four newly-constructed buildings at Zimba Mission Hospital. It is the hospital of the Pilgrim Wesleyan Church in the Southern Province of Zambia, Africa. President Lungu remarked that the role of the Pilgrim Wesleyan Church in healthcare delivery has helped improve the well-being of the public.

The dramatic improvement to the hospital includes new maternity and pre-natal wings, a laboratory, a radiology center, and an outpatient clinic.

“What we are witnessing today is the realization of the Church’s important role in complementing government’s efforts in delivering healthcare services. It is highly commendable and I wish to encourage you to continue with the spirit of serving the people,” the President stated. He instructed Deputy Minister Chitalu Chilufya, who was present at the event, to ensure that the hospital was allocated an ambulance. And the President also directed the power authority to ensure that the hospital received 24-hour electricity supply.

Pilgrim Wesleyan Church National Superintendent, Bishop Alfred Kalembo, responded. He thanked the President, and observed that the hospital’s reach goes far beyond the Zimba District and serves great numbers of residents in the surrounding districts as well. Reverend Kalembo highlighted some of the Church’s other outreach programs nationally, such as helping thousands of vulnerable children to pursue education.