DOCTORS NURSES ARE STEALING MEDICINES, SABOTAGING HEALTH CARE SYSTEM- SILVIA MASEBO

MEDICAL DOCTORS ANGERED BY SYLVIA MASEBO’s ACCUSATIONS DURING THEIR AGM

The Zambia Medical Association is dismayed with the choice made by Minister of Health Sylvia Masebo to address the medical profession in extremely unflattering terms, in full view of its members and through live broadcast carried by the press and social media during its Annual General Meeting recently.

The Association says it has taken particular exception to unsubstantiated allegations, made by Ms. Masebo during the Minister’s remarks at the recently held 58th ZMA Scientific Conference and Annual General Meeting in Livingstone.

It has cited insinuations that the chronic and critical shortages of drugs and medical supplies in public institutions is a result of pilfering by healthcare workers, that Doctors in senior management positions within the Ministry structures and allied statutory bodies are running down the health system and Medical Doctors stealing government time by undertaking Private Practice during work hours as some of the allegations made by the Minister.

ZMA Secretary General Dr. Roy Tolopu said ZMA’s first and overriding concern is the potential long-standing damage caused by erroneous statements made by high-level officials whose official capacity commands the public trust.

He said that to be accused of stealing from a system Doctors are breaking their backs to support is nothing short of a slap in the face saying Doctors have done a great deal to improve functions and decrease mortality and morbidity in centers throughout the country, often finding creative ways to do so when Government Grants have been delayed or diminished.

4 COMMENTS

  1. But the question is, is true or not? Most of these chemists and drug stores are owned by very doctors. Most drugs end up there leaving patients and hospitals without most drugs. Nurses are the most notorious in this games. The truth hurts but has to be said anyway. She just called a spade a spade.

  2. White coat theft … Kikikiki
    Minister Masebo, please avoid painting everyone in white black!
    Work out the evidence and convict a few then you will be justified to make such statements!
    As things stand, we can neither confirm nor deny such things are happening because you have not given any evidence!

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