Health work overload worries PS
Chipata, January 17, 2014, ZANIS…. Eastern Province Permanent secretary Chileshe Mulenga has observed with concern that some health facilities in the area are overwhelmed with work load because of the increasing population.
Dr Mulenga gave an example of Mwanjawanthu Rural Health Post in Petauke which already has a large population but also servicing people from neighboring Mozambique yet the health facility is run by an Environmental Health Technologist.
The PS said this when Health Deputy Minister Dr. Chitalu Chilufya paid a courtesy call on him at his office yesterday.
Dr Chileshe stated that although there are some negligence incidences towards patients at some health facilities in some districts, personnel at Nyimba and Lundazi district hospitals performance was impressive..
He said other institutions were Kasenengwa Rural Health Centre in Chipata, and Lundazi District Hospital whose members of staff were appreciated by the masses.
Dr Mulenga however noted that the road leading to Kasenengwa RHC is impassable but that the province is doing everything possible to ensure it was accessible so that patients can easily reach the referral centers.
Dr Mulenga also stated that staff accommodation in the health sector in the region still poses a challenge.
The PS however complained that the work attitude at Chadiza district hospital forced his office to suspend the Acting District Health Officer and Hospital Superintendent because of unruly behavior and disobedience.
And Dr Chilufya expressed happiness over the commitment of the provincial administration to spot check on what is happening on the ground with regards to health institutions.
He stated that government will ensure that health institutions in the country are constructed while existing ones refurbished so that communities can have equal access to cost effective quality health services delivered closer to them.
Dr Chilufya has since urged the office of the Provincial Health Officer senior personnel to pay attention by supervising the staff in their respective institutions so that issues of non performance are detected at an early stage so that issues are immediately resolved.
He further said that the Ministry has embarked on rehabilitating existing infrastructure countrywide and that Chipata general hospital was one of them.
The Deputy Minister said government has also embarked on equipping the health institutions with modern equipment in which include upgrading kitchens and laboratories.
He stated that the welfare of health staff is also paramount hence government resolve to improve conditions of service to motivate the workers.
Dr Chilufya is in the province on a four day tour of eastern province to inspect various construction works in health institutions.