PATIENTS receiving medical attention from Levy Mwanawasa General Hospital in Lusaka are not happy with levels of hygiene at the referral hospital and have since called on the authorities to address the matter with urgency.
Speaking to the Daily Nation, Mr Justin Kabwe a patient said the hospital was very dirty citing the casualty department and the male wards as some of the areas needing attention.
Mr Kabwe said he was disappointed that the hospital, which has been in operation for just five years, had deteriorated in hygiene standards with some facilities having been vandalized such as water taps and pavers in the car park.
“The wards at this hospital smell so badly, especially at casualty section. The cleaners do not do their job, maybe they have run out of cleaning materials.
‘‘This is just 22.00 hours and there is no cleaner in sight. This place is busy receiving people with different kinds of illnesses, including accident victims and surgical complications,” he said.
Mr Kabwe said the University Teaching Hospital (UTH) was far better than Levy Mwanawasa Hospital in terms of cleanliness, adding that a dirty hospital environment did not reflect Ministry of Health values.
Another patient from Chelstone, Mambwe Kang’ombe, said being a referral hospital there was need for the hospital to be ‘‘sparkling clean all the time ’’ so that patients were kept in a clean environment to avoid contracting other infections.
Ms Kang’ombe said management at the institution should move in quickly and arrest the situation before it worsened and urged cleaners to execute their duties diligently.
“It’s not the first time I am greeted by this horrible smell here at Mwanawasa. Outside the surroundings are well kept but the problem is the casualty department; it smells so badly,’’ she said. Mwamba Lengwe of Ng’ombe area appealed to Health minister Chitalu Chilufya to pay a visit to the hospital and prove for himself.
Touring the University Teaching Hospital on Monday, Dr Chilufya said he would not tolerate lack of respect by health personnel towards patients, adding that the shortage of staff in the health sector was an emergency which should be addressed with urgency.