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Shangombo, Feb 7/13, ZANIS——–Ministry of Health Deputy Minister, Christopher Mulenga, has warned workers in his ministry against abandoning their areas and operating by remote.
Mr Melenga advised such workers to immediately go back to their districts or be replaced by people who are ready to serve the public.
Mr. Mulenga, who was in Shangombo yesterday to check on the newly constructed Shangombo District Hospital, said it is sad that patients in rural areas continue to suffer at the expense of government paying officers that end up abandoning rural areas for urban areas.
He said it was wrong for any health worker to put themselves on remote operations where they go to attend to work when they feel so and go to settle in urban areas where they do not work from.
The health deputy minister he was speaking when he addressed members of staff at Shangombo District Hospital.
The issue of some health workers running away from their health centres came to light when Mr Mulenga held a meeting with Senanga District Hospital staff in Senanga where he learnt that their colleagues had been shunning their territories and were spending most of their time in Senanga and Mongu.
He said government is aware of the many challenges its workers face in rural areas, adding that it is government’s desire to see its people benefit from their entitlements in all parts of the country without fail.
He said the Patriotic Front government is ready to work with people who have a positive agenda of fostering development across the country.
Mr Mulenga said Shangombo is not a very remote area that someone can even run away from.
The deputy minister noted that health officers in Shangombo have 14 good staff houses which are electrified and have piped water.
He said Sinjembela Constituency will soon benefit 8 of the 26 district health centres to be constructed beginning April this year.
Sinjembela UPND Member of Parliament, Njeulu Poniso, also attended the meeting.