ZUNO has donated one thousand six hundred (1600) respirators and two sets of fit test kits towards the COVID-19 fight at Levy Mwanawasa Hospital and University Teaching Hospital’s Chest Clinic.
The donated items valued at Four Thousand and Fifty Two United States Dollars ($4,052) are in an effort to enhance COVID 19 infection prevention and control among nurses and midwives working at the two health facilities.
ZUNO president Mrs. Tisa Chiponda explained that the donation was sourced from the International Council of Nurses (ICN) through the ICN TB/MDR-TB project with the support of the United Way Worldwide on behalf of the Lilly Foundation.
Mrs Chiponda reiterated that this is not the first time ZUNO was supporting Ministry in the fight against COVID-19, saying that ZUNO hopes to continue to work with its partners to source for the much needed PPEs as well as collaborate with the Ministry of Health in ensuring there is prevention, reduction or elimination of risks to the health and safety of nurses and midwives in their service to this nation.
The ICN TB/MDR-TB project, which helped build nursing capacity in the prevention, care and treatment of TB, came to an end in 2020, after 15 successful years, during which it vastly expanded the capacity of the nursing workforce to prevent the spread of TB and provide care and treatment for people with Tuberculosis.
ZUNO is a member of the ICN, which is a global body that promotes the wellbeing of nurses for the advancement of the nursing profession.