REF: COMPLAINT ABOUT LOAD SHEDDING AND LACK OF WATER IN THE MATERNITY AND THEATRE WINGS AT MUMBWA AND THE UNIVERSITY TEACHING HOSPITAL.
Dear Honorable the Speaker of the National Assembly,
I am writing to you to request an urgent intervention from the Minster of Energy and Water Development in our ongoing load shedding and lack of water supply at Mumbwa Hospital and the biggest hospital in the country-the University Teaching Hospital in Lusaka as reported by ZNBC TV prime News of Wednesday 21st November 2012.
Water and electricity are very essential in these key and very sensitive institutions. There is no way a hospital like the Mumbwa hospital can be placed under a token unit. This is the total abuse of citizen’s,especially those hospitalized.The lack of water in the maternity wards and theaters wards at UTH is not only a sad thing but also an embarrassment to the country. The hospital is supposed to have full day supply of water.
It cannot cost more than one billion kwacha to drill and install the water supply the hospital rather than putting the lives of the patients in more danger on top of the suffering they are already experiencing..[pullquote]The lack of water in the maternity and theaters wards at UTH is not only a sad thing but it is also an embarrassment to the country.[/pullquote]
We have even demanded from the Water and Electricity companies to introduce measures aimed at reducing load shedding. By writing this letter to you I hope that you would, as early as possible, look into this pressing issue as the lives of many Zambian people are at stake
We collectively wish that the water and electricity company are ordered to restore 24hrs supply of water and electricity to hospitals.The companies need to be adviced on how essential and critical the supply of water and electricity are in hospitalities. Also, we demand strong action against the clearly inhuman behaviour of the two companies that have repeatedly ignored our pleas as citizens of the country.
Therefore, we demand a ministerial statement from the minister involved.
Thank you for your time.