Luwingu, March 3, ZANIS——-Scores of women in Luwingu district of the Northern Province today stormed Luwingu District Hospital to carry out general maintenance as they commemorate their international women’s week.
A check by ZANIS in the area found the women busy slashing the over-grown grass at the hospital surroundings and scrubbing the wards and corridors while others cleaned window panes and toilets.
Luwingu District Women Association Chairperson, Christine Kalinso, said the women decided to clean the hospital surrounding as a way to commemorate this year’s International Women’s Day celebrations.
She explained that tomorrow women will continue carrying out the works at the hospital and the following day they will clean up the prison and the police cells as a way to interpret their theme, ‘Gender is my gender, make it happen.
Mrs Kalinso appealed to men to support the womenfolk in order to achieve the meaning of this year’s theme adding that men had a role to core-exist with women.
She said that women will be celebrating their day on March 8, next week and menfolk and well-meaning womenfolk should join the rest of the world to make gender my gender to happen.
Mrs Kalinso said women in Luwingu should not leave the celebration to the women in formal sector but the celebration called for all the women from all walks of life to take part in order to interpret the theme into a reality.
She said the women in Luwingu had a responsibility to carry out the works on their own and not expecting women from outside the district to come and do the work on their behalf.
And Luwingu District Hospital Medical Doctor-in-Charge, Ernest Mutale, has commended the women for the work done at the health institution, saying the gesture will go a long way.
Dr Mutale said that the cleaning of the hospital should not be left only to programmes such as Women’s Day, Youth and Labour Days but the community should take a leading role to maintain the only institution, particularly the women should demonstrate their natural endowment of motherhood.
He said he was encouraged by the stance taken by women to clean the hospital surroundings, wards and toilets out of their busy schedule.
“We as staff are proud of the gesture of good will exhibited by the womenfolk and their effective interpretation of their theme into the practical reality,” he added.