THE NDOLA Teaching Hospital management has restricted the use of mobile phones by staff in the wards.
The ban comes into effect immediately follows growing complaints from members of public over staff being distracted by mobile devices while on duty.
Senior medical superintendent Alex Mukupe said the ban was aimed at improving healthcare service delivery.
“We have banned the use of cellphones and those things they put in the ears so that the delivery of services improves,” Dr Mukupe said.
He said this during a cleaning exercise headed by Ndola Central Member of Parliament (MP) Emmanuel Mulenga who led women from different Christian denominations in a cleaning exercise of the institution.
Mr Mulenga said he would assist the institution to acquire name tags for all hospital staff for ease of identification.
“I will assist the hospital get name tags for everyone so that they can be easily identified by patients. I also propose to management to put up a suggestion box that will help review any complaints,” Mr Mulenga said.
The parliamentarian and his wife led about 100 women from different Christian denominations to clean wards at the hospital.
Mr Mulenga said he was humbled that women extended their motherly care to clean the health institution.
Dr Mukupe expressed his gratitude to Mr Mulenga’s gesture.
Mr Mulenga later handed over a youth-friendly centre at Mapalo Clinic, built using money from the Constituency Development Fund. He said the centre would assist the young people develop their careers.
Ndola mayor Amon Chisenga said it was important for the youth have a place of transit in their respective careers.