30, 000 treated in mobile hospitals
MORE than 30,000 patients from different parts of Zambia have received treatment in the first quarter of 2012 through the mobile hospitals which have been going round in all the provinces.
Health Permanent Secretary, Peter Mwaba said in an interview that health workers in the moving clinics had also conducted about 2,000 operations involving various ailments.
The mobile hospitals were procurement under the MMD administration and some people feared the Patriotic Front Government would discard them.
However, the Government has embraced the hospitals, that have been allocated to each of the provinces, with remarkable impact on the community being felt.
“They (mobile hospitals) are moving and they have made a significant impact on the people. Since January this year, more than 30,000 people have been attended to with about 2,000 operations.
“As we are talking today, the Copperbelt one should be in Lufwanyama. There is no fear of running expensive mobile hospitals because Medicare is generally expensive.”
He said the composition of the facilities, which included CD4 count machine, X-ray and dental unit, made it possible for health personnel on mobile hospitals to attend to as many patients as possible.
Resident Doctors Association of Zambia (RDAZ) president Whyson Munga has hailed the Government decision to embrace the mobile hospitals as they are important in health service delivery in rural areas.
Dr Munga said mobile hospitals consisted of health experts who were rare to find in many district hospitals.
“While it is easy to put a hospital in a district, it is not easy to bring a doctor in that particular district and the mobile hospitals have been able to bring such experts, who may be lacking at many referral hospitals,” he said.
Dr Munga said the mobile hospitals were one of the cost-effective ways of providing health services.
[Times of Zambia]