WINDHOEK: Zambian First Lady Dr Christine Kaseba-Sata has encouraged members of the Namibian medical fraternity to perform their duties with a smile, regardless of the number of patients they have to serve.
Kaseba-Sata made this statement during her tour of the Windhoek Central Hospital with Namibian First Lady Penehupifo Pohamba here on Thursday.
The First Lady arrived in the capital on Tuesday afternoon for the fifth Africa Conference on Sexual Health and Rights, which started on Wednesday and ends Friday.
“Our calling is to save people. Let’s consider the patients, as their reason for coming in is because they need help,” the Zambian First Lady advised the hospital’s medical staff.
Kaseba-Sata, who is a gynaecologist, said because she is more inclined to women’s health, her call everywhere she goes is to encourage the integration of certain reproductive health aspects where there is contact with women in hospitals.
She said African women always put themselves last as they are brought up to serve and care for others even to the extent that when she is sick, a woman’s main worry will still be what her children are going to eat.
“They rarely think of themselves, and we need to take cognisance of that. For a woman to come into hospital means that she has suffered and sacrificed quite a lot for her domestic issues, and we need to take advantage of the time that she comes in,” she noted.
Kasebaa-Sata said she was aware of the fact that the medical industry is a stressful one, but at the same time, also highly rewarding.
She thus does not think anything can compare to looking at somebody who was brought in on a stretcher but is able to walk away because of the care that the medical staff gave to that patient.
“That should be the motivation that we need to work. If we love what we do and enjoy it, it becomes less burdensome,” the Zambian First Lady noted.
Meanwhile, Kaseba-Sata also mentioned that she is ‘struck by the serenity and cleanliness’ of the hospital, and commended the Namibian Government for maintaining it.
“For a long time, patients looked at hospitals as a transit home to mortuaries, but when they feel at peace as they are coming in, we increase their confidence and encourage them to seek more care,” she stated.
The two First Ladies toured the paediatric oncology department and maternity ward at the Windhoek Central Hospital during their brief visit there.