Gorleston Christian nurse helps Zambia hospital
2016: James Paget hospital nurse Lisa King has just returned from her most recent trip to the Salvation Army hospital in Zambia to work there and to take equipment. Tony Rothe reports.
Lisa has, over the years, taken leave to go and nurse in the hospital at her own expense. She has raised thousands of pounds to buy equipment etc, and has taken hospital colleagues to help with the work there.
She recounts her most recent trip:
“120 kilometres from the capital of Zambia, Lusaka, Southern Africa is an amazing place filled with mission and hope. Chikankata is a rural Hospital, nursing and biomedical school, with high school with other community based projects run by the Salvation Army, reaching out to the surrounding communities.
I have had the amazing opportunity to travel to Chikankata on many occasions and spend time in the hospital as well as the community. We have been able to raise money for essential equipment for the hospital as well as taking colleagues from work to experience this wonderful place. Myself and a colleague have just returned from a two week trip to Chikankata where we were able to purchase two oxygen concentrators and CTG machines (for the maternity department) as well as other much needed items, such as baby formula milk for the orphaned babies, or those who are malnourished.
I have also travelled to other places with the Salvation Army including Uganda, South Africa and India, all allowing me to see the great work that is done in all these countries. Yet Chikankata for me is home and is where I have been able to meet and spend time with some of the most inspirational people, who put their trust in the Lord and serve Him whole-heartedly.
I have learnt over the time I have spent in Zambia that compassion and commitment are essential to drive you to do all what you can for those who are in great need, and remembering the stories and situations that lead to change for the better. For me going to visit my brothers and sisters in Christ is a massive part of the project.
My aim is to travel every year, to raise money to assist the hospital in providing medical care to the people of Chikankata and surrounding communities.”
The top picture shows doctors from Chikankata Hospital receiving the medical equipment.
The other pictures show a mother receiving milk for her baby who is malnourished, and nurses receiving the oxygen concentrator.
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