Northern province minister shocked that PF govt has not bought malaria drugs

A serious shortage of essential drugs has hit two health centres in Nsama District in Northern Province.

This came to light when Provincial Minister, Obius Chisala, toured Nsama and Nsumbu Rural Health Centres yesterday.

Mr Chisala, whose government has been spending billions of money buying opposition MPs and creating by-elections, expressed shock to learn that patients with malaria were not being attended to due to lack of drug supplies at the two clinics.

The minister said it is unacceptable for health workers to give prescriptions to patients to go and buy medicine from drugs stores.

Mr Chisala, whose cabinet is the largest in Africa supported by tax-payers money, directed health authorities in Kaputa District and the provincial medical office to urgently send essential drugs to health centres in Nsama district to enable patients get medication.

Mr Chisala further expressed disappointment with poor working culture by health staff at Nsumbu Rural Health Centre.

He warned that he will not tolerate indiscipline among public service workers in the province.

Mr Chisala said the negative work attitude by some civil servants was not reflecting well on government and that stringent measures would be taken against the culprits.

And Mr Chisala has assured people of Nsama district that government is committed to constructing a new district hospital in the area.

The minister said it is the duty of government to make sure that quality health services were made accessible to the local people.

Currently, patients with critical ailments in Nsama district are referred to Mporokoso District Hospital for further medical attention.

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35 Responses to "Northern province minister shocked that PF govt has not bought malaria drugs"

  1. 0ne Luve   April 17, 2013 at 20:41

    I think its important to consider and understand how Health Workers work from RHC. Its different from these Urban clinics or lyk in teaching sevice.A health Worker is 24/7 @ work but he is also a human being like Mr Minister who needs Rest @ one point.u are were conducting deliveries upto mayb 04:30 hrs and u expect him to be @work @08;00hrs. He comes @ abit Late its an issue.we are also like u pipo out there. Sometimes its not culture bt its dUe to circumstances that we can’t bear since were created by sam GOD. Those two centres are runned by quallied staff.

  2. riddick   April 17, 2013 at 14:57

    pf satanist killing zambians to remain power

  3. Advocate   April 17, 2013 at 14:09

    How many ministers are running Northern Province?PF is more than confused I think.Where is Col.Garry Chanda? And how many ministers do we have now. When will God hear our prayers?

  4. Eurobond   April 17, 2013 at 13:08

    first of all we need to confirm if the people found on site were actually health staff. most rural health facilities are manned by cleaners and guards. do you expect the guard to know about procurement-supply management chains?

  5. Nkoko Chanda   April 17, 2013 at 12:09

    why are my comments not shown?

  6. Nkoko   April 17, 2013 at 12:08

    That is sad

  7. Namusunga   April 17, 2013 at 12:04

    Is the minister aware that there is critical shortage of staff country wide.if he displines those workers where will he get them.

  8. mwanya amafi ba pathetic fools   April 17, 2013 at 11:21

    yes busy buying opposition ministers in order to fix opponents and the same stupid ministers accepting iyoo ma politics of the belly ba misula shabo,now the poor pipo re suffering.

  9. Mpongo Muleya   April 17, 2013 at 11:18

    Please people let us be more critical. A Minister who may not even know how malaria drugs are labled can not walk into a clinic and immediately know that there are no malaria drugs.

    What happened in my opinion is that the Minister was tipped by someone whose job is to order drugs but also at the same time trying undermine his supervisor. If the Minister was clever and realised that he was being drawn into a silly scheme he should have contacted the right people and go to the Clinic with people who are supposed to deliver drugs to the area. This is my theory anyway and I am sure its not far from the truth.

    Through wrong appointments and back stabbing workmates we have been reduced to a nation of Kachepas.

    • Think Tank   April 17, 2013 at 15:31

      The fact is -it is not just in those clinics having shortages. It is a countrywide crisis in terms of antimalarial drugs so I hear. I suspect some cartel from MSL. They should be closely monitored when packing and delivering these commodities.

  10. GMT   April 17, 2013 at 11:11

    So, where does the idiotic minister expect the newly declared district to procure drugs from? What sort of curse is this?

  11. Advocate   April 17, 2013 at 11:07

    Mr. Minister don’t expose your incompetence in public.We all know that you are a wrong family to rule any country.You are the worst people to govern.Better keep quite because people may think that you are intelligent when not.

  12. chichi   April 17, 2013 at 11:05

    even at unza clinc last week i was given a prescription for rash.shame on pf indeed. sata 0 vs 1 HH.

    • std   April 17, 2013 at 11:23

      Are u sure its rush or sti baba ?

  13. Pasa Ulemu Nganga Iwe   April 17, 2013 at 11:03

    Just wait. You are yet to miss Rupiah Banda. This is just kadyonko

  14. Nyamoyi   April 17, 2013 at 10:55

    The largest cabinet in Africa? Where are the youths dat were shouting allover? This govt promised 2do a lot for the youths who helped dem get power & I don’t knw wht hz bn done 4dem so far

  15. RB   April 17, 2013 at 10:45

    Mr. Minister sir, please consult first before shooting from the hit. Antimalarial commodities are available at MSL. Its very likely that the staff at the clinics have just not bothered to place orders. In the end Mr. Minister will look very ignorant when you realise the real problem. Health worker’s attitudes in the ministry is really horrific.

    • Zedman   April 17, 2013 at 14:27

      Do you know where Nsama district is? Shangombo is even easier to access!

    • Think Tank   April 17, 2013 at 15:37

      You must be a worker at medical stores covering the traces. Go to the DHO of Nsama and find out when they last delivered those drugs. Stop yapping.

  16. Controlling the Poor's Finances   April 17, 2013 at 10:31

    If the minister was serious, he would immediately ensure the following:

    (i) phone the Health PS or d/minister and demand anwers and solutions,

    (ii)give his cabinet minister (or whichever relative he reports to) a comprehensive report for presentation to the next cabinet meeting

    (iii) share a blueprint with the other provincial minisers.

    ….awe shuwa, he rushed to the press to make his friends look bad and for the president to notice his ‘hard work’ – and here we are reading and commenting….

    Thank God I’m rich.

    • Red Bull   April 17, 2013 at 10:44

      Thank God I can also afford a pack of Coartem

  17. zedian   April 17, 2013 at 10:12

    poor people will always suffer under the PF regime, RB had it all right but people never understood!!!

  18. Mr Kiss   April 17, 2013 at 10:12

    Pf and there blame games.Mr minister,is it the problem of health workers that there is no medicine in clinics or its because of your idiocy as pf govt?shame indeed

  19. MUNALULA   April 17, 2013 at 10:08

    Where is sakeni can someone tell me

    • Red Bull   April 17, 2013 at 10:46

      In UTH, enroute to chingwere

    • CHAMBOLI H5 KITWE   April 18, 2013 at 07:39


  20. Observer   April 17, 2013 at 09:41

    Fellow country men and women. Let us be serious with the way we are looking after the country. The Minister is speaking as if he had just arrived back in Zambia from a foreign country. The way he has come out as if all is well in other parts of the country. Just in Ndola and Ndola Central hospital, the other week my nephew was involved in a car accident, he was given prescriptions to go and buy drugs for reducing the pain and also that liquid you apply on bruises. Let us stop joking and get to work. I am 101% sure if the same Minister went to the same Clinic in Nsama with Malaria, he would have been given drugs. God help us.

  21. jef   April 17, 2013 at 09:41

    Where is Galy Chanda can some imform me.

    • Sway   April 17, 2013 at 14:17

      There are two Provincial Ministers in Northern Province and very soon all the remaining 9 Provinces will be staffed with two provincial ministers. Its like a dream.

      • Sway   April 17, 2013 at 14:19

        District Ministers are also coming. By 2016 PF government will have about 300 Deputy Ministers.

  22. Vilifier   April 17, 2013 at 09:28

    So Politics is an easy job. Walk in a clinic, find no drugs, lambast the workers.

    Hello?? Aren’t you ministers collectively responsible to ensure drugs are available in the first place?

  23. Margret   April 17, 2013 at 09:15

    “The minister said it is unacceptable for health workers to give prescriptions to patients to go and buy medicine from drugs stores”.

    So what does the idiot minister want the health workers to do when they have no drugs to give patients? Even the lazing around is because there are no drugs, hence no work to do!

  24. Bad eggs multiplying   April 17, 2013 at 09:10

    Very sad, let them procure drugs now,

  25. enlightened   April 17, 2013 at 09:06

    Thats what happens when cadres rule busy expressing ignorance!

    • yatu   April 17, 2013 at 09:20