Govt. purchases over 200 ambulances, medical equipment


Government has procured over 200 ambulances and medical equipment that will be distributed to all hospitals and other health facilities throughout the country.

Deputy Minister of Health Christopher Mulenga has disclosed that the 202 ambulances, utility vehicles and medical equipment will start arriving in the country by June this year..

Mr. Mulenga explained that the acquisition of ambulances and other equipment was aimed at enhancing referral health services and efficiency in the delivery of health services throughout the country.

He said this after touring the newly constructed Choma General Hospital in Choma District of Southern province today.

Mr. Mulenga, who is also Patriotic Front (PF) Chinsali Central Member of Parliament, further explained that ambulance will assist the country to expeditiously deal with medical emergency services especially accidents and other related medical complications.

He noted that most of the victims that have died in the recent road accidents would have survived if the country had an efficient emergency medical response system.

He said preliminary findings by his ministry revealed that most of the victims died from bleeding and would have survived had the medical personnel arrived at the accident scene on time.

And Southern Province Minister Daniel Munkombwe has commended President Michael Sata for deciding that out of the 650 health posts that will be constructed under the India credit facility, 99 should in Southern province.

Mr. Munkombwe said the people of Southern Province were grateful to President Sata for allocating the highest number of health posts to the region despite the PF party failing to win a seat in the 2011 tripartite elections.

He has since implored Zambians not judge the province by the behaviour of some named politicians who come from the region.

Meanwhile, outgoing Southern Province Medical Officer, Lutangu Alisheke has disclosed that phase one of the constructions of Gwembe and Kalomo district hospitals has begun.

Dr. Alisheke said the contractors for the two projects have already started civil works while the Ministry of Health was yet to select a contractor to start the construction of Kazungula district hospital.

He explained that construction works for Kazungula district hospital have delayed due to protracted debates on the proposed site for the project.

Mr. Mulenga is in the province to check on new and ongoing construction works of health facilities.

He has since toured Mazabuka, Monze, Namwala, Choma and Kaloma districts in Southern Province following President Sata’s directive to ministers to regularly tour provinces to understand and appreciates the challenges of the people so that government can act accordingly.