Solwezi, March 11, 2015, ZANIS— Government has advised health personnel to be passionate about their work because it borders on saving people’s lives.
North-western province Permanent Secretary, Amos Malupenga says the moment health personnel begin to apply passion towards their work many lives would be saved.
Mr. Malupenga said this in Kabompo yesterday when he addressed Kabompo District Hospital senior management staff .
The meeting follows concerns raised by sections of the community over the untimely death of a seven months pregnant woman due to alleged negligence of hospital staff.
He said health personnel’s job is very paramount and therefore, they need to apply themselves to the expectations of people.
And District Commissioner, Jackson Makupa’s said a woman patient died at the District hospital out of sheer neglect.
Briefing to the permanent secretary at his office today, Mr. Makupa said a pregnant female patient was admitted for unknown disease around 01:10 on March 9, 2015 but when her condition worsened the two nurses on duty called a doctor who only showed up around 04:20 the same day when he patient died.
He said it is from that that the deceased family member and the widower staged some form of a protest and threatened to beat up or sort out the health staff involved at the hospital which raised fear among health personnel.
Mr Malupenga advised the hospital management to take the community protest as a wakeup call on their need to carry out their duties above self to the expectations of the people.
The Permanent Secretary, nevertheless, called for sensitization of the members of the community to follow proper channels of airing grievances rather than resorting to violent treats.