Western province has been hit by a critical shortage of Anti retroviral (ARV) drug Nevirapine but provincial permanent secretary Emmanuel Mwamba has kept the information hidden from the pariamentary committe on health currently visiting the area.
Sources close to the provincial medical office (PMO) have told the Zambian Watchdog in Mongu that most health centres have run out of the important ARV drug which is also given to pregnant mothers to stop mother to child transmission.
“The committee was met by the PS and despite these problems of ARV shortages being brought to his attention, he declined to brief the honourable MPs, we wonder what motive this PS has against the local people, has he just been sent to come and wipe out the entire Barotse population as his background is blood stained,” asked the well placed source.
The Parliamentary Committee chaired by Mumbwa Area Member of Parliament Brian Chituwo paid a courtesy call on PS Mwamba yesterday at his office and he told them that government will continue to put issues of the health sector as a priority.
Other MPs on the committee and with Dr. Chituwo are Cornelious Mweetwa, Munji Habenzu, Chifita Matafwali and Likando Mufalali.
According to the source, the only important matter which Mwamba brought to the attention of the entourage was the increase in Breast and Cervical cancer cases to which Dr Chituwo explained that it is the duty of the committee to visit health institutions to see if the facilities there are able to combat the increase of these diseases. He was however hopeful that the honourable members will take time to ask personnel in the health centres they visit and do a comprehensive report to save lives.
The team has already toured Kaoma and Mongu and they are expected to proceed to Senanga district.