Health Minister Chitalu Chilufya has given UTH management a seven days ultimatum to clear floor beds at the institution.
Dr. Chilufya says floor beds pose health risks and should be not entertained.
He has also instructed the health personnel at UTH to ensure there are no long queens of patients seeking treatment especially that government has taken a deliberate policy to upgrade some township clinics into first level hospitals.
Dr. Chilufya says as health Minister, his first task is to ensure that UTH regains the public confidence thereby improving service delivery .
Meanwhile, government has invested over 860 thousand U.S dollars in networking the university teaching hospital-UTH to the rest of the hospitals countrywide using Tele-Radiology system.
Government has since contracted a Zimbabwean company, Baines imaging group to connect nine health facilities to UTH in the first phase of the project which is expected to be completed soon.
This means that any diagnosis and laboratory tests carried outside Lusaka will immediately
reflect at UTH which is the command center for immediate solution.
Once it reflects, experts will be on hand to advise on the treatment hence cutting unnecessary travels to Lusaka by patients especially those from the remote parts of the country.
The hospitals that will be connected to UTH in the first phase are Levy Mwanawasa, Livingstone, Ndola central, Kitwe central, Mansa, Kasama, Chipata and the cancer diseases hospitals.
UTH Head of radiology and consultant Dr. Veronica Sunkutu-Sichizya confirmed this to ZNBC news when Health Minister Chitalu Chilufya inspected the modern laboratories and various equipment that have been bought and installed at the hospital last evening.
Among the equipment are ultra sound, digital chest ex-ray, CT scan ex-ray, whole body imaging and plain film ex-ray machines among others.
Dr. Chilufya says government will continue to invest more in the digitalising of the health facilities in the country to ensure quality health service delivery to the public.
And UTH Head-pathology and microbiology Hamakwa Mantina has praised government for modernizing the laboratories at the institution saying this will help in improving health service delivery to patients.