Police recover most of the equipment stolen at the Cancer Diseases Clinic at UTH
Ministry of Health spokesperson, Reuben Kamoto Mbewe, says most of the equipment that was stolen from Lusaka’s Cancer Diseases hospital in the early hours of the morning on October 4th has been recovered.
Speaking in an interview to ZANIS, Dr Mbewe disclosed that five monitors, three computer controlling towers and two keyboards that were used in the diagnosis of cancer ailments in patients have been retrieved.
And Dr Mbewe has asked cancer patients who are still undergoing treatment not to lose hope as everything will get back to normal because management at the health institution is doing all it can to ensure operations resume.
He, however, lamented that three computer keyboards and three computer mice are still missing.
The Ministry of Health spokesperson added that engineers and relevant experts have since been engaged and are already working to repair all the vandalized cables as well as replacing the stolen equipment.
Dr Mbewe said there is some form of relief at the Cancer Diseases hospital as indications are that the equipment will work and advised all cancer patients to report for their continued treatment on Monday, next week.
He has urged cancer patients not to fall prey to misleading information because there is a new twist of event showing that the equipment will effectively perform.
Dr Mbewe explained that the cables which connect to the CT scan were excessively damaged and in the process the dongle which has the licence for the software is still missing adding that it may take quite some time to restore the CT scan services.
He further said in the mean time the Cancer Diseases hospital will use the CT scan which is available at the Levy Mwanawasa General Hospital.
And Police have arrested one person in connection with the theft which happened at the University Teaching Hospital (UTH) cancer disease hospital bringing the number of apprehended suspects to four.
Police Public Relations Officer Elizabeth Kanjela has disclosed that Police have also recovered some items among them three computer processing units, five monitors and two key boards labelled GRZ-CDH belonging to the cancer hospital.
Ms. Kanjele has told ZANIS in a statement in Lusaka today, that other items recovered are a safe belonging to Zambia Institute for Diplomacy Studies, 16 unused cheque books and various breaking tools.
She identified the suspect as Maxwell Mwale aged 25 of Lilanda compound who is currently detained in custody and investigations in the matter have continued.