By Chanda Mwenya
I am very grieved and sadden, after seeing the disgracing pictures of an expectant mother giving birth in public and losing her life and that of her unborn child. These inhuman events should not in any way be tolerated. While the public is quick to castigate the Photographer, in the name of cultural morals and values for getting the picture of the woman giving birth they should strongly question the authority that is supposed to safeguard such morals if at all they are that important.
On the contrary the infamous pictures could be used as strong evidence to put up the case against the State for casing death through negligence. Try to think of how many innocent lives have been lost in the similar way during this strike period away from the watchful eye of the public.
The government has clearly shown misplacement of priorities in the Health Sector by procuring 100 hearses when expectant mothers are rushed to Hospitals in open vans and left die as we saw. Many Urban Health Centers not to mention those in rural areas have no basic facilities yet the Government is proud to procure brand new Hearse-Where is the priority?
Ordinary Zambians have been for a long time deprived of the Fundamental Human Rights, especially with access to good and basic health services. While Government is spending huge amounts of tax payers money on certain individuals to receive specialized treatment abroad, poor citizens are hopelessly left to die of preventable cases.
The current political system has clearly shown its reluctance to provide Basic needs for the masses, however it is keen in rush them to their graves.
As a concerned citizen I would like to use your platform to lobby for support to sue the Government for the death of the Mother who lost her life and her baby in labor, within the proximity of the Zambia’s largest and only tertiary hospital. I believe there are many innocent lives that have been lost in a similar way during the strike and from outright negligence by health workers.
I would also like to lobby the public to petition Government about the procurement of the 100 hearses. The amount spent on the Hearses could have been used to buy useful life serving Medical paraphernalia. What good is it of take a brand new hearse to the grave, when there isn’t even a second hand ambulance to rush one to the Hospital?
Concerned Zambian Citizens lets fight for our Lives before we are buried alive.