By ROGERS KALERO
THE family of 16-year-old Newton Mulolo who was attacked by a crocodile on Mindolo stream four months ago is looking for more than K20, 000 for the boy to undergo treatment at Sinozam Friendship Hospital (SFH) in Kitwe
Albertina Mwape, who is mother of the boy, told the Daily Nation that the boy needed to undergo further treatment and appealed to well-wishers for financial help.
Chimwemwe constituency PF aspiring candidate, Allan Banda, had been assisting with transport money to and from the hospital for the family and the victim.
Suwilanji Machalo, one of the supporters of Mr Banda who has been delegated to help the boy in various ways, said some well-wishers had taken the boy to the SFH where they were told that they needed more than K20,000 for the treatment.
Ms Machalo said the hospital had agreed that the family should first pay an initial K5,000 so that he could be admitted to the hospital to commence treatment.
He said a well-wisher, Wang Xin, had so far contributed K5,000 to help the boy and was hoping that more people could come on board.
“As supporters of Mr Banda, we came in, to see how we can help the boy after those who had promised to support the boy abandoned him. After he was abandoned, his parents were facing challenges taking him to hospital for review hence we decided to help him in a small way
“In our small way to help the boy, we have been looking here and there to see how well wishers can help. So with the help of some well-wishers, we took him to SFH where we were told that we needed K20, 000 for treatment at the hospital,” Ms Machalo said.
Mulolo was attacked by the crocodile on Mindolo stream as he was returing from school and is now confined to a wheel chair and he is seeking support to enable him walk again and continue with school.
Mulolo, who was a grade six pupil at CCAP in Kwacha Township, was attacked by a crocodile in December when he was coming from school, crossing the Mindolo stream from Kwacha to Chimwemwe East.
He said his condition was threatening his ambitions to go to greater heights in his education, hence appealing for help from well wishers
“It is now almost four month from the time I was attacked by the crocodile and I was hoping to recover and go back to school, but the recovery process is taking long and I am now even doubting if this thing will recover. I need help so that I can be able to walk again,” he said.