Work at Solwezi General Hospital was paralyzed yesterday after health workers protested against the gruesome murder of a Ukrainian Anesthetist doctor who was found shot dead in an unclear circumstances.
Solwezi General Hospital Medical Superintendent, Mathew Ng’ambi said the health workers at the institution were concerned and saddened by the death of Dr Sergiy Monachov whose services played a critical role for the community of North-Western province.
Dr Nga’mbi said workers at the health institution now fear for their lives as they do not know who is next, adding that another Ukrainian Anesthetist doctor was murdered in unclear circumstances barely two years ago.
Speaking during the meeting with provincial, Minister Nathaniel Mubukwanu, Solwezi General Hospital Public Relations Officer Levy Muna expressed worry that once such incidences continue, it will scare away foreign medical experts at the institution.
Mr Muna said that the health workers at Solwezi general hospital have in the recent past been experiencing incidences of murder and harassment by members of the community and claimed that the police in the province are not helping to bring the culprits to justice.
He said the workers will now be serving the community with fear once these issues remain unchecked.
And Provincial Minister, Nathaniel Mubukwanu said the murder of foreign doctors at Solwezi general hospital will send a negative signal to the outside world.
He said the trend does not reflect the nature of the Zambian people who he described as peaceful and assured that government will ensure that the assailants are brought to book without delay.
Mr Mubukwanu said the late Dr Monachov provided service that was very beneficial to the Zambian people and that government is saddened by his untimely death.
“Government has alerted the security agents in the country to ensure that culprits of bad vices are brought to book without delay, so I’m assuring you that my office will do everything possible to address the challenges you have raised,” he assured.
Dr Sergiy Monachov, 55, a Ukrainian national was over the weekend found shot dead in his right chest in an unclear circumstances at his house in hospital compound in Solwezi district.
He was an Anesthetist at Solwezi General Hospital where he had worked for only 8 months.