Health Minister Dr. Chitalu Chilufya has conducted an impromptu spot-check on Kitwe Central Hospital to establish what triggered uncontrolled rodent in a video that has gone viral .After interacting with patients and health staff for over two hours , Dr. Chilufya established that there was gross negligence by management because the hospital had received K1.5 million for rehabilitation works at the hospital. He said in as much as the hospital was old it was unacceptable that management would allow rats in patients wards especially after receiving support from government. Dr. Chilufya has since instructed Permanent Secretary for administration in the ministry Ms. Kakulubelwa Mulalelo to institute disciplinary action at all management levels for gross negligence. The Minister believes that resources that government pumps in various health departments should trickle down to patients and conditions under which they are taken care of .He said President Edgar Lungu wants improved service delivery to all Zambians and he will not condone shoddy health services.“ The infrastructure challenges will be there , we are working on them , government released K1.5 million last week to fix some infrastructure challenges here and we expect integrated vector control measures to be put in place in order to stop rodents .” The Minister emphasized.The Minister said the emphasis applied to all Provicial Health oDirectors and Medical Superintendents to strengthen supervision.“So we will not expect anything less than high quality health services in in clean environments” He added .Dr. Chilufya directed Ms. Mulalelo to strengthen management operations at the hospital and ensure that governments support is translated into improved health delivery for Zambians.Minister of National Development Planning, who is Nkana Constituency Member of of Parliament, Alexander Chiteme thanked President Lungu through the Ministry of Health for quick response in the rodent issue .He, however, called on people to understand that the issue was a management issue.
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