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Mobile Hospitals working

Health Mobile Hospitals working

FILE: Mobile hospital coming to a town near you- Shamgombo residents waiting outside the mobile clinic

The Mobile Hospital has attended to more than 1000 people suffering from various ailments in chief Chikanta’s area at Chilala zonal clinic in Kalomo.

Mobile clinic doctor in-charge, Dalitso Makani was briefing District Commissioner Omar Munsanje when he visited Chilala clinic over the weekend.

Dr. Makani says 1,468 patients who were attended to in five days were treated for various ailments ranging from surgical, maternal and medical cases, dental and other general health complaints.

Meanwhile, a cross section of people talked to in chief Chikanta’s area have expressed happiness over the coming of mobile hospital to rural localities.

Up until the recent past, people have been failing to access medical attention due to long distances to clinics and hospitals.

The mobile hospitals which were purchased by the previous regime had earlier received criticism from a cross section of society claiming it was a misplaced priority for the government to purchase such mobile health facilities.

One of the arguments advanced was that of costs which would be incurred during mobile operations.

It is estimated that one mobile hospital has to carry on board about 33 members of staff who in turn should get their subsistence daily allowances alongside operational costs for the seven unit vehicles and the needed operations logistics.



  1. We may as well use them as they were bought with tax payers’ money! However, they are not economical as maintenance costs are high and not sustainable as they will not be replaced easily once they are damaged.

  2. We told you, these hospitals are useful. All those cancer patients being refered to Lusaka could have been detected earlier. Give praise where it is due.

  3. As the 33 members of staff get their subsistence allowance it is MORE MONEY IN THEIR POCKETS,. Viva mobile hospital. Hey what happened to the Toyota Lexus SUVs worth billions of kwacha that were reported missing? Just asking.

  4. The Mobile Hospital are a very huge cost. yes they are in use now but I guess the Govt will build some health posts to replace these expensive ones.
    I can recommend if it was one truck to go out not seven at a go, let us see the costs coming from these and compare what it can cost to build a health post. Angola is advancing in building the Nation and more health posts built along side the Hospitals and Clinics.
    I go for that the Government and other Donors come to Aid and facilitate to build More health posts and Clinics, then we can have small vehicles for other mobile services in the hard to reach areas to replace these big trucks.

  5. Build CLINICS! Cosmetic solutions will not take Zambia anywhere. If you build clinics, the construction industry benefits and in the end the medical sector also benefits. That’s how development comes about not this Chinese solution, which themselves don’t use. The doctors travelling with these trucks are also causing a backlog of cases at their hospital when they leave, which is not right.

  6. Big cost, Big cost. Ikalafye. How much are we spending on the Malawian judge who is just a tourist shagging Zambian women?

  7. GRZ should have first counted the cost of running the mobile clinics and prudently analyse the comparative advantages and long-term sustanibility of this costly and cosmetic project.

    @ #9 MK, I concur with your sentiments to the hilt.

  8. Yes they are working and saving lives but building permanent structures in rural areas is the best option. You put up infrastructure, some people are employed during building and you do not have such maintenance costs and limitations due to impassable roads in the rain season.

  9. RB said mobile hospitals where not permanent, plans where underway to build clinics and hospitals to replace mobile hospitals. That is what RB said.

  10. certain times you have to forgore the issue of costs. it is damn expensive to build a modern hospital especially in a rural setting. in the long run a built up hospital is the solution. now if pipo have to travel to kalomo general hospital as or with patients you transfer the cost to the rural people. that is more unfair. so let govt continue spending till a sustianable solution is found. we thank God the MH are working and people are happy and the govt is using them to reach the people. lets forget the past and see how we shall serve the people, especially in the rural..

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