Any health personnel found stealing medication will be fired and brought to book- Dr. Chikusu
Health Deputy Minister Dr. Patrick Chikusu has warned that government will fire and take legal action against any health personnel who will be caught stealing drugs from health centers.
Speaking when he addressed health workers at Lewanika General Hospital in Mongu , Dr Chikusu stated that it is unacceptable for anyone to steal drugs from hospitals and clinics.
He emphasized that government spends huge sums of money in procuring the drugs which are meant to cure diseases being faced by many people in the country.
This follows remarks by Western Province Medical Officer Albert Sitali that there has been a report of alleged thefts of medical drugs by health personnel at various health centers across the province.
And Dr. Chikusu assured the nation that there will be no shortage of drugs in all health centers across the county adding government has procured enough drugs.
He stated that the PF government is committed to providing quality health care service to the people of Zambia hence the increase in this year’s budgetary allocation to the health sector from K1.2 trillion last year to K2.2 trillion this year.
Meanwhile, the 100% salary increment to health personnel across the country has cheered health workers in Western Province.
Dr. Chikusu said further disclosed to the workers that government will also introduce housing and motor vehicle loans to health personnel across the country.
He explained that this is in order to motivate the health personnel across the country and inspire those abroad to return and work for their country.