Thefts in hospitals worries government


Government says it is worried with the increased cases of thefts in hospitals involving linen and other medical equipment due to lack of security.

Health Deputy Minister, Christopher Mulenga said this in Chinsali in Muchinga province yesterday when he handover 150 blankets and 50 mattresses to Chinsali district hospital.

The items have been donated by Nyimba Group of Companies.

The deputy minister said the district hospitals management countrywide should maximize security at hospitals and health centers to stop the thefts.

Mr Mulenga charged that government is losing a lot of money in procuring hospital linen and drugs which do not last long due to pilferage.

He appealed to the residents of Chinsali and the nation as a whole to ensure that government property is protected.

Mr Mulenga who is also Chinsali Central PF Member of Parliament said that taking care of hospital property will lead to improved provisional of health care services to the public.

The parliamentarian also disclosed that government has in 2013 National Budget doubled funding to the Ministry of Health from KR 279 million to KR 500 million.

Mr Mulenga further said the PF government will construct 6 health centres in Chinsali district out of the total 650 health centres which are earmarked for construction in all the districts in the country.