Irate resident in Mazabuka district of Southern Province have resolved to stage a demonstration against the district hospital management over allegations that medical staff at the institution have abandoned a 52-year-old patient in the isolation room for a week now.
The resident are demanding for the immediate transfer of all senior medical personnel for failing to account for human life.
According to a ZANIS report, medical staff at the health institution are alleged to have abandoned and left a bed ridden patient under lock and key in an isolation room within the male ward for five days without rendering any form of medical attention.
The resident claim that the patient was only discovered after District Commissioner Eugene Munyama rushed to the hospital following a complaint by relatives.
“A group of Mazabuka residents this morning stormed ZANIS offices complaining over the poor work culture by health staff at the hospital saying as women in the area they could no longer tolerate such kind of behavior from people who are on a government payroll and getting public funds,” ZANIS reports.
Bupe Nkweto who spoke on behalf of the group drawn from various townships that included Nakambala, Ndeke, Appolo and Kabobola said people are now scared to take their sick relatives to the district hospital for fear of losing them.
The women have since called on government to quickly effect punishment on those that were on duty and deliberately neglected the patient during his admission to the hospital.
And the Patriotic Front (PF) women in Mazabuka Central have threatened to stage a peaceful demonstration against the district hospital management if no disciplinary action will be taken to medical officials who were on duty last week.
PF Mazabuka Central Constituency Public Secretary Violet Mayaka said in a walk in interview that if medical staff at the hospital cannot change their attitude towards patients, then government should consider closing the hospital.
And when contacted for a comment, Mazabuka District Medical officer Namasiku Siyumbwa confirmed the issue regarding the nurses’ poor working culture adding that their case is being handled by government at a high level.
She said her office has directed all those that were on duty last week to exculpate themselves by way of submitting written reports as to why disciplinary action should not be taken against them for negligence.
Siyumbwa said the patient in question was still lying in an unconscious state saying staff at the hospital was doing everything possible to save his life.