In recent past, Kanyama Clinic, a government-run health facility in Lusaka district was elevated from being a basic health care clinic to First Level Hospital status. This led to the hospital to host a colourful Open Day event on Tuesday 26th November, 2013 at which it showcased its facilities and services to the community. Kanyama is the largest and most densely populated communities in Lusaka.
The Open Day saw various organisations that operate at the hospital offering different health care services participating in the event. They exhibited their respective services that they offer to the public. Zambart is among the various implementing partners working with the Ministry of Health (MoH), and Ministry of Community Development, Mother and Child (MCDMCH) in disease diagnostics, treatment, prevention and control who operate from Kanyama Hospital.
The partners comprising different health non-governmental organisations, research organisations, community-based organisations including the Neighbourhood Health Committee used the Open Day occasion as an opportunity for community engagement and awareness-raising on different health issues. The distributed flyers and information leaflets and had on display posters and banners to sensitise the community on health matters. The also hospital gave free medical check-ups to the public that included blood pressure checks and sugar-level tests.
Lusaka District Health Management (LDHMT) Team Director Dr. Masumba Masaninga, was Guest of Honour. Dr. Masaninga addressed the audience on various health and medical issues, and took time to visit all information booths for the different departments at the hospital and for the partners operating from the hospital.
Kanyama hospital in collaboration with various implementing local and international partners provides community-based disease control programmes for Malaria, Diarrhoea, Cholera, Dysentery, TB screening and treatment, HIV prevention and treatment. Other services include the Out-Patients Department, Voluntary Country and Testing, Medical Male Circumcision, Prevention of Mother-To-Child Transmission of HIV (PMTCT), and other Safe Motherhood programmes, Dental, etc.
The Open Day was characterised with different activities that included thematic drama performances, song and cultural dances.