Minister Chitalu blasts negligent UTH nurses


UNIVERSITY Teaching Hospital nurses were yesterday blasted by Health Minister Chilufya Chitalu for lack of courtesy towards patients and negligence after a woman was forced to give birth on the floor of the hospital’s reception on Saturday.

Dr Chilufya said bad attitudes towards patients did not reflect Ministry of Health’s values and he  directed that health personnel should always ensure they execute their duties with diligence.

He said the Ministry of Health would engage stakeholders to ensure they handled the culture of bad attitude among the health personnel, adding that human resource in the health sector was a matter of emergency which he said should be addressed urgently.

He said the Ministry of Health had embarked on a modernization programme to improve human resource and also infrastructure in the institution.

“We want to match the modernization with investment to improve the attitude of our personnel and we are going to engage stakeholders to ensure everything is going on well. We are in a hurry to ensure our modernization projects we have embarked on covers all aspects in the sector,” Dr Chilufya said.

He said Government was working on staffing levels of health personnel and that was why it had embarked on the recruitment of health workers across the country to have the best services for citizens.

Dr Chilufya explained that it was in line with the health requirement to ensure patients were treated in a courteous manner, demanding that health personnel should deal with patients diligently as required by their profession. Dr Chilufya was responding to a questions from journalists on the report in Daily Nation that a woman in labour was allegedly neglected by the nurses at UTH and was forced to deliver at the reception of the maternity ward in full view of the public.

And Dr Chilufya has disclosed that the modernization programme at UTH had gobbled K30 million with an adult emergency unit project nearing completion.

He said the project was aimed at decongesting the hospital, saying all the works were progressing well and the projects would finish on schedule.  Dr Chilufya said the project had been constructed using Government funds with the help from other partners to improve the highest health institution. He said the facility would be used as the transit point as well as a filter clinic in bid to decongest the hospital.