Professional staff shortage hits Mansa General Hospital

Mansa General Hospital is failing to deliver quality health care due to manpower shortage, the health institution has a shortage over 133 professional health workers.

The hospital’s Medical Officer, Dr. Jose Sulu disclosed that among the health workers that the hospital is short of are 98 nurses, 11 doctors, 35 administrative officers and other staffs. Dr. Sisulu told Luapula Province Minister Brigadier General Benson Kapaya, Mansa District Commissioner Miriam Kauseni and Luapula Province Medical Officer Elicho Bwalya that departments such as the pharmacy have been operating with only one staff, when the trio toured the hospital yesterday.

But in response General Kapaya said the shortage of qualified health personnel was a country wide problem which has been caused by many health workers who have left the country for greener pastures. Meanwhile, Luapula Province Medical officer Elicho Bwalya observed that there was need for government to consider building a second level hospital in the province. Dr. Bwalya said the population in the province was growing while the infrastructure has remained the same.

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