Forum for Democracy and Development FDD leader, Edith Nawakwi
Forum for Democracy and Development FDD leader, Edith Nawakwi

Forum for Democracy and Development (FDD) leader Edith Nawakwi has charged that the entire ministry of health should be charged for systemic genocide for failing to procure enough BCG drugs a vaccination for newly born babies.

Ms Nawakwi has told Qfm news that it is unacceptable for the ministry of health to completely run out of such an important vaccine.

Ms. Nawakwi says there is need for government to get serious and ensure the medical stores has enough stocks of drugs at all times.

Ms Nawakwi explains that waiting until the drugs are finished is not right because the procedure for procurement takes long which may put many lives at risk.

The FDD leader has since demanded that the minister of health and his staff be fired for failing to procure enough BCG vaccines, Anti Retro-viral therapy drugs and Tuberculosis drugs.

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  1. The first lady,thru appearances in many photo ops, seems more of a minister of health than the actual minister himself.

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    • REFLECTING ON THE SQUABBLES BETWEEN HH AND NAWAKWI I USED TO THINK HH WAS UNFAIR TO THIS LADY BUT NOW I AM BEGINNING TO RETHINK THAT PERCEPTION. NAWAKWI WAS MINISTER OF FINANCE IN MMD WHEN PEOPLE IN CERTAIN PARTS OF ZAMBIA HAD NO FOOD AND PROBABLLYSOME STARVED TO DEATH, MANY HEALTH CENTRES LACKED MEDICINES AND PERSONNEL CONSEQUENTLY PEOPLE MAY HAVE EVEN DIED DUE TO POOR DELIVERY OF SERVICES. WAS MMD CHARGED WITH GENOCIDE? IS SHE SAYING THAT MMD AND HERSELF SHOULD HAVE BEEN CHARGED? LETS NOT JUST TALK FOR THE SAKE OF BEING HEARD, CHOOSE YOUR WORDS AND CRITICISE CONSTRUCTIVELY.

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    • Nawakwi, Where you and your hopeless MMD charged when you killed numerous people with your plunder and negligence? Stop twerking your mouth!!

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  2. Kaseba is party to this genocide. Where are the TB vaccines madam Kaseba. You’re condemning our babies to death.

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  3. HEY. NAWAKWI, THE MINISTRY OF COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT ,MOTHER AND CHILD HEALTH (MCDMCH) IS WORSE. DISTRICT HEALTH OFFICES HAVE NOT BEEN FUNDED FOR THE PAST THREE MONTHS. THERE IS TOTAL CHAOS. IN SOME DISTRICTS AMBULANCES HAVE BEEN PARKED BECAUSE THE DMO CANNOT BUY FUEL. PREGNANT WOMEN ARE NOW DELIVERING IN HOMES. THE SICK HAVE TO FIND THEIR OWN TRANSPORT TO THE HEALTH FACILITIES. THE DMOS CANNOT TALK ABOUT THIS PROBLEM OPENLY BECAUSE THEY ARE AFRAID OF BEING FIRED AS THEY WILL BE PERCEIVED AS OPPOSITION OR AS TRYING TO FRUSTRATE THE PF. UNDER MINISTRY OF HEALTH THINGS WERE BETTER. GRANTS USE TO COME ON TIME. BUT UNDER THE MCDMCH THINGS ARE WORSE. IT SEEMS THIS NEW MINISTRY DOES NOT KNOW HOW TO HANDLE HEALTH INSTITUTIONS. DMO ARE LIVING IN DEBTS OWING FUEL STATIONS AND ZESCO, WATER BILLS.

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  4. Alarming and inflamatory statements are wrong. Or are you the one who engineered the artifical shortage? Let us all work hard and solve problems as a strong and united nation. Drugs can be really hard to procure and storage can be challenging. There are no excuses for incitement. Hate speak is wrong.

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  5. Charge for genocide the govnt at large,

    not ministry alone since all ministry projects are funded by the central govnt!

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  6. Let us not call it genocide yet, but gross negligence which is punishable (by dismissal). Those responsible should be dealt with. where is the cobra in all this…oh, I forgot, he is as toothless as can be lately.

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  7. While the lack of medicines is indeed very serious (!) Nawakwi should be more careful AND RESPECTFUL when throwing the word genocide around!

    Genocide is the deliberate and systematic destruction, in whole or in part, of an ethnic, racial, caste, religious, or national group. Is Nawakwi saying that the lack of medicines caused by MOH’s incompetence is targeted, deliberate, and on the same scale as the holocaust, the Rwanda genocide, or what happened in Srebrenica, Cambodia, and Darfur?

    Serous – any Jew, Tutsi, Bosnian Muslim, or other group victimized by true systematic genocide should be deeply offended by her remark! At best, Ms Nawakwi comes across as ignorant – and in much need of answering some multiple choice questions on what genocide actually is.

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    • I think the incompetence is targeted at people living with HIV and babies that need the BCG vaccine, so by your own definition Ms Nawakwi is right to use the term genocide.

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    • @Spuds, is there a shortage of ARVs and BCG from the suppliers? if your answer to this question is “NO”. Then there is a deliberate and systematic slaughter of babies and people and people with HIV/AIDS. Unless you are privy to information of why these essential commodities are out of stock, GENOCIDE is the correct terminology

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  8. y talking of ministry of health instead of ministry of community dev mother and child which directly deals with child issues as at new minisrty rearragement which has caused chaos in the country because all the DHMT s are palallesed because of no funding for some months .

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  9. Calm down. At worst this is a case of negligence and inefficiency. Genocide??? Really?
    Sit back down and choose words appropriate to the situation. shaaa!

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