The official ministry of health has awarded president Michael Sata’s wife Christine with the so-called ‘Special Recognition Award for her support to the health sector in Zambia.’
From the time her husband became president, Dr Kaseba has been going round collecting awards in her name. When she was working as doctor at UTH, we never heard of any award she won.
The latest award was given to her during the Seventh National Health Research Conference held in Lusaka yesterday.
The conference was organised by the Ministry of Health under the theme ‘Achieving Quality Universal Health coverage through increased investment in Research and Development.’
The award had a K200, 000, prize money.
Health Minister Joseph Kasonde handed over the award on behalf of the Vice-President Guy Scott.
Poor Kasonde, who is supposed to be the real minister of health said the first Sata’s wife had brought ‘so much passion to the provision of health’ care and as such, her efforts could not go unrecognised.
“The First Lady has brought so much passion and allegiance to health care and health community and we hope she will extend this passion and urgency to health research,’ Dr Kasonde said.
Receiving the award Sata’s wife said she would dedicate her award to women and children of Zambia.
“I pledge to continue advocating for better health services so that deaths among women and children in Zambia are reduced,” Sata’s wife said.
Currently, Sata’ s wife is in Johannesburg, South Africa, where she is expecting to be honoured with a ‘Frontline Heroes award for her exemplary contributions to the health sector at the GBC Health Africa regional conference.’
Sata’s wife runs a parallel ministry of health she and her supporters call ‘Ubutala bwa Bumi’
She has since diverted resources such as the Mobile Hospitals from the official ministry of health to her ‘Butala’.