The 52-year-old patient who was left unattended to by medical staff at Mazabuka district hospital for a period of five days has died.
Benson Mwiinga a resident of Chaanga Chaanga area in Mazabuka township died last night in Mazabuka district hospitala and his body is lying in the hospital mortuary.
District Commissioner Eugene Munyama confirmed the death of Mwiinga in an interview with ZANIS this morning.
Mwiinga was admitted to the hospital last week on Thursday but management at the institution decided to abandon and leave Mwiinga who was bed ridden under lock and key in an isolation room within the male ward for five days without rendering any form of medical attention.
He was however found on Monday this week in the isolation ward by Mr Munyama who quickly rushed to the hospital after a relative complained to him at his office that his relative was locked in a room without being given medicine, food and water and was lying on the floor underneath a bed, naked and gasping.
Government has since sent a team of experts from the provincial medical office led by Dr Simon Mutembo to investigate the matter thoroughly.
Late Mwiinga was alleged to have been neglected by Mazabuka district nurses on duty at the time of his admission to the health institution, a situation that has sparked planned protest by district residents.