Arthur Davison hospital blames rainy season for patients sleeping in corridors

Arthur Davison hospital blames rainy season for patients sleeping in corridors

adh1Management at Arthur Davison Children’s Hospital (ADH) has reacted to revelations by the Watchdog that only one Doctor is assigned to cover the entire weekend on call.

ADH Executive Director Sam Phiri told the the PF news agency ZANIS that the hospital has adequate Doctors and that they are in a process of receiving three more Doctors.

He said the picture published by the Watchdog showing patients and some mothers on floor-beds is just because of the rainy season.

He explained that during the rainy season the hospital has a lot of malaria and diarrhoea cases forcing the hospital to give patients floor-beds because they cannot turn them away.

So the revelations that the hospital is overflowing is true?

He said the problem that the hospital has is lack of space as it caters for Copperbelt, North-Western, Luapula and Northern provinces.

He added that the hospital has already started talks for a possible expansion exercise and that the talks with the Ministry of Health have since reached advanced stage.

And Head of Clinical Care at the hospital Thomas Kapakala said it was sad that the Watchdog published falsehoods that were not confirmed.

Dr Kapakala said the hospital has two Doctors on-call on each and every day of the week.

“That story is not true, it’s not possible for one Doctor to be on-call for the entire weekend, we have two Doctors on-call on each and every day of the week, so that story is not true, am sure it is politically motivated,” he said.

Dr Kapakala said the current hospital establishment provided for 26 Doctors and the hospital has 14 Doctors and are expecting three more within the week.

The Watchdog over the weekend revealed that ADH was overflowing with patients, who were sleeping in corridors on mattresses, and the hospital had only allocated one doctor on call to cover the entire weekend, when President Sata and his ministers are busy in South Africa watching football at tax-payers expense.

Share this post