Mungule health centre in Katuba constituency has been running without a Clinical officer for the past two years after the one who was there died.
The health centre caters for more than 30 communities but is only manned by three nurses who have to screen patients, perform antenatal, VCT, laboratory tests, prescribe and dispense medicines as there is equally no pharmacy technician.
This shortage of staff at the institution has made some nurses work both night and day shifts and patients interviewed complained that the situation was critical especially in maternity cases where relatives to patients have to follow the nurses at home.
“It is critical here when you come you find there are no nurses, as they are taking a nap because they work day and night shifts so you have to go and call them from their home but you can imagine if it is maternity case, government must do something about it,” said a resident.
However, an inspection by the Zambian Watchdog revealed that even if the government sent a Clinical officer today, he will have nowhere to live as there are no vacant houses at the institution.
Katuba constituency will be voting a new MP on 25th February following the death of area MP Dr. Patrick Chikusu who was suspected of dying of food poison, voters have said the clinic will be an election issue.