Rural hospital cuts food rations for patients

Mbereshi Mission Hospital in Kawambwa district of Luapula Province has reduced its food rations to patients from three meals per day to two.

And government has urged hospital administration to put the welfare of patients first, saying patients were the main reason they were employed.

Assistant Administrator for the hospital, Grainer Chizoma, said that management has been limping in terms of funds and decided to cut on food rations to its patients effective July 14, 2009.

Dr Chizoma said that there are a number of programs being undertaken at the Mission Hospital and funds from government have reduced from K32million which was received every month.

Dr Chizoma revealed this yesterday when Luapula Province Minister, Boniface Kawimbe, visited the institution.

The Assistant Administrator added that the situation has not been good for the health institution because funding has been fluctuating and that the hospital received K10 million last week for the month of May.

He added that the other contributing factor to its reduction of food rations to the patients was because the districts which had been supporting the hospital had stopped doing so as funding had been redueced for them.

Dr Chizoma said what the hospital was giving in terms of meals was breakfast and supper, saying management would not be giving patients lunch because their relatives would provide lunch as it is visiting time.

And Dr Kawimbe told management to notify government whenever the institution was faced with problems that affected the patients.

Dr Kawimbe noted that the reason medical personnel reported for work were patients and that if there were no patients they would not have jobs.

Dr Kawimbe further said that although he was not in-charge of the health sector he would take the massage to the Ministry of Health so that government could take action because it was committed to improve health service delivery.

The minister added that food was vital for patients and that if other programs were to suffer it would be better because food was part of medicine which contributed to the healing process of patients.

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