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Resident Doctors Association not happy with the pace at which the Zambian Government is responding to the concerns

Health Resident Doctors Association not happy with the pace at which the Zambian...

The Resident Doctors Association of Zambia (RDA) has expressed dissatisfaction with the pace at which the Zambian Government is responding to the concerns that healthcare workers have expressed about being able to work safely and with assurance of Government’s support during the COVID-19outbreak.

The Association, which has over 3 000 members, comprising doctors located in both public and private institutions across the country, says that it is saddened that government has taken the usual approach to respond to the unusual matters of covid-19.

Dr Isaac Sakala, the Association President says it is now close to two months since these concerns were presented to government and Doctors expectation was that the matter would be treated with the urgency it requires.

He said the failure by government to act has created a lot of panic among health care workers and the anxiety continues to grow with every new healthcare worker who gets infected with Covid-19 disease.

Dr Sakala said the Healthcare workers working at the frontline of the COVID-19 response are suffering stigma, fatigue, psychological stress, long working hours, and extended periods of separation from their children and families.

He said the abrupt changes in duty station and the requirement to undergo quarantine in isolation facilities after serving in COVID-19 response centers has presented logistical challenges for frontline doctors.

Dr Sakala said in addition to these reported challenges, healthcare workers many of whom are in the early stages of their careers have expressed concern about how their children and families will be supported in the event that one sustains a disability or loses their life following a COVID-19 infection.

He said the Association continues to track the development of the epidemic within the country and around the world, and notes that health care workers are among the disproportionately affected groups in terms of infection and mortality.

Dr Sakala said the number of Zambian healthcare workers infected with COVID-19 continues to rise, and they feel that it is of critical importance to address conditions of service as they may be affected by the scourge of this disease.

He said all Civil Servants in Zambia are not covered under the current Workers Compensations Act and all those employed after the year 2 000 are not registered under the Public Service Compensation Fund for compensation.

Dr Sakala said this leaves out almost 90% of the healthcare workers with no cover for compensation in an event of calamity.

He has since urged the government to take advantage of the narrow window that still exists and ride on the good will of the healthcare workers as the situation has the potential to get out of hand the day we will start to record mortality of health care workers due to covid-19.

Dr Sakala said government must urgently Develop legislation that will ensure that any healthcare worker who may sustain a disability or even dies as a result of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty be entitled to compensation.

He said Government must also expedite the matter of incentives that will help address the logistical challenges and the unprecedented risk healthcare workers are experiencing during Covid-19 fight.

Dr Sakala said while the Government might not be there yet, he has thanked them for continued efforts to ensure availability of personal protective equipment for healthcare workers in the face of global supply challenges.

He said the Association is looking forward to continued fruitful engagement that will translate into victory in the fight against COVID-19.

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7 COMMENTS

  1. It is a very challenging time for all health services in the world. This is why working in the health sector is not considered a career or job but rather a vocation. With that comes sacrifices. The government is doing it’s best to cater for everyones needs. However in the real world not everyone will get what they want. We thank you for your sacrifices and we can only do our best. We have people working day and night. Now is the time to come up with novel ways of solving issues rather than crying for government to everything. A government cannot solve all your problems. Kz

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  2. The problem is Chilufya Chitalu, i hear he is very arrogant and Edgar Lungu is afraid to fire him. As the number of cases climb, you will soon hear deaths being reported if not that there are already but swept under the carpet of Chilufya and Edgar Lungu. PF must go!

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  3. Madilu continue wishing us death here in our country Zambia. However the spirit of the lord is deflecting your evil spells back to you. That is why the countries you have run away to are experiencing thousands of death. Be careful you might be next. Kz

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    • Continue dancing like a squirrel in every blog. Zambia has no capacity to fight covid-19. Perhaps you don’t have accurate information. Right now as i speak Nakonde has no enough space to keep the covid-19 patients. Not only that the frontline health workers are overwhelmed with these increased cases. Don’t just support for the sake of your belly, think upright.

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  4. In Italy 200 health personal died. We did warn you when you were bragging that we only have 4 cases.
    As the number grow you will see how your health system will break apart. It not about counting how many are dead Zambia Muna has less than 300 ICU beds europe will look like a walk in the park. I remember people laughing when the UK evacuated it’s personal from
    Zambia – guess what? They knew what was coming

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  6. Minister Chilufya, DMMU coordinator Kabwe fight over Covid donations
    A feud over Covid-19 financial donations between Disaster Management Coordinator Chanda Kabwe and Health Minister Chitalu Chilufya is getting personal and nasty.
    The Watchdog understands that minister Chilufya phoned Chanda Kabwe on Friday last week to tell him that the Covid-19 pandemic has nothing to do with disaster management for him (Kabwe) to be going round Asian owned business houses seeking financial donation.
    A RELIABLE source familiar with the bitter phone exchange said Covid-19 was a health emergency and had nothing to do with floods which the DMMU is better placed to deal with.
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