Reacting to reports of female and male patients sharing wards at the University Teaching Hospital (UTH) Filter, NGOCC Chairperson Beatrice Grillo says the situation at UTH is unacceptable and should not be justified by the government.
She saID government is preoccupied with launching Mobile hospitals which are not a solution to the current problems being faced in the health sector instead of addressing the real challenges.
Grillo saID the supplementary budget that has been approved for the Ministry of Health for mobile hospitals should go towards the construction of more wards at UTH and equipping the hospital to enable the institution operate effectively.
Grillo said pumping money into the operationalisation of Mobile hospitals should not be a priority either now or in the future as the mobile hospitals are a sheer waste of tax payer’s money.
She said there is need to ensure that the current facilities are well equipped and sufficiently manned.
She explained that the mobile hospitals will need additional personnel, materials, medicines; fuel and allowances for the staff, and good roads to move from place to place, wondering where all these will come from if the government is unable to operate within the current health facilities.
Grillo has appealed to the Minister of Health to immediately address the situation not only at UTH but in all health institutions including Kalingalinga clinic which caters for a very large population.
She added that by asking for a supplementary budget of K21.6 billion for mobile hospitals, the government has just demonstrated that resources for priority areas can be found.
She further said that the NGOCC is further disappointed with the government for failing to put in place sustainable measures aimed at addressing the numerous problems being faced by the health sector such as lack of wards, medicines and medical personnel to attend to the increasing population.