The United Party for National Development (UPND) has said that it has learnt with shock and trepidation the road traffic accident in which President Michael Sata’s son Kazimu and other were seriously injured.
UPND vice-president for political affairs Canisius Banda said in a statement yesterday that the tragic accident in which Kazimu and others were involved highlighted the nation’s need to seriously observe and enhance road safety measures in the country in line with the World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines and recommendations.
Dr Banda said having been Zambia’s focal point person on road safety at one time, he found the accident a tragedy and many similar that continue to maim and kill citizens on Zambia’s roads.
He said that road traffic accidents were a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in developing countries like Zambia among youths ahead of Malaria, TB, and HIV/AIDS adding that Zambia must urgently, firmly and collectively respond to the brutal road challenge.
Dr Banda said Zambia lacked appropriate life-saving capacity for the required medical responses for accidents and emergencies yet government had priotised the unplanned creation of districts while cabinet was bloated apart from the never-ending induced by-elections.
He said the lack of appropriate life-saving capacity for required medial responses was reflecting poorly on the country’s governance record adding that the UPND was happy that the President’s son had been evacuated to South Africa for the safety of his life.
Dr Banda said the UPND was hopeful that the decision to evacuate Kazimu to South Africa was a medical one.
“We learnt with shock and trepidation of the road traffic accident in which President Sata’s son Kazimu and others were injured. This further highlights the nation’s need to seriously observe and enhance road safety measures in our country in line with the World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines and recommendations. Road traffic accidents are the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in developing countries like Zambia among youth ahead of malaria, TB and HIV/AIDS. Our nation must urgently, firmly and collectively respond to this brutal road use challenge,” he said.
Dr Banda however said reports that the family members of those who were also victims of the same road traffic accident were complaining that their relatives had been left out and neglected by the State were saddening.
He said the report that family members of others who were still in a Zambian hospital were complaining should be investigated through a medical audit so that if their conditions were no better than Kazimu, they should also be evacuated immediately to save their lives. Dr Banda appealed to government to investigate the health system so that those who were not privileged could equally access medical care of international acclaim.