‘Mobile hospitals to bring sharing of vital data’
Copperbelt Province mobile hospital services coordinator Alex Mukape has said the introduction of mobile hospitals will promote sharing of vital medical and technological information between medical specialists and health professionals in rural areas.
Dr. Mukape said in an interview yesterday that the introduction of mobile hospitals has created an opportunity where rural-based medical staff would be empowered with latest technical knowledge through practical work with teams of consultants and general medical officers assigned to the mobile facilities.
“The sharing of technical information, which is a privilege usually synonymous with medical staff working in big hospitals, is now no longer a far-fetched dream for the rural-based health professionals because of the coming in of the mobile hospitals,” Dr Mukape said.
He said apart from offering vital health services to the public, the mobile hospitals were a forum for the exchange of information between junior medical personnel, consultants and other health professionals, a rare privilege for rural-based health professionals.
Dr Mukape said mobile hospitals were so well-equipped that the services they were providing were equivalent to those of a general hospital.
He said the mobile hospitals were in a position to carry out any emergency operation in their theatres and patients could be taken to the nearest hospital for continued observation.
He said other services being offered by mobile hospitals were equivalent to those being offered by any second-level hospital in the world, including diagnostics, ultra-sound facilities, x-ray, laboratory services and drug dispensary.
Dr Mukape said the mobile health facilities were operating in remote parts of each district for one week before moving on, and that this was aimed at ensuring that as many citizens as possible were given a chance to access the best medical services at no cost.
“The Government wants to ensure that the people who have been failing to access quality medical services are reached through the mobile hospitals,” he said.
The mobile hospital launched last month on the Copperbelt is currently stationed in Chief Ndubeni’s area in Mpongwe District where it is providing health services to the local residents and those from surrounding areas.
[ Times of Zambia ]