Long queues at Lusaka’s Kanyama Clinic have raised a lot of concerns among the residents.
The residents lamented that the situation at the clinic regarding long queues was worrying, as nothing had been done to redress it.
Ms Abigail Nyirenda, a resident described the situation as frustrating.
Ms Nyirenda said patients were made to wait in long queues before they attended to by medical personnel.
“Patients have continued to stand in long queues for many hours, despite having made many complaints to government,
“The situation here is so pathetic; we’ve had people dying on the queues; this is unacceptable. We are over 50years and patients shouldn’t wait for over 4 hours to be seen by a doctor,” she said.
Another resident Febby Kaseba said the clinic did not have enough manpower.
She appealed to Government to consider deploying more health personnel at the clinic.
“The reason why we have these long queues is because of inadequate health personnel. You will find that one or two doctors with few nurses have to attend to over 500 people daily,
“ So sometimes it’s not like the medical team are not doing their jobs, but it’s because they are few,” she said.
But Kanyama Constituency Member of Parliament Colonel Gerry Chanda said a new health facility had been constructed to reduce congestion at Kanyama Clinic.
Col. Chanda however, said the facility has not been operational due to lack of medical personnel.
He explained that he had written to the Ministry of Education requesting for medical personnel but to no avail.
“To reduce congestion at Kanyama clinic, another health facility was constructed with the help of the Swedish Government, but it has not been operational because they are no health personnel to man it,
“ I have engaged the Ministry of Health on this but nothing has been done so far,” Col Chanda said.