Implants lack causes congestion at UTH

UNIVERSITY Teaching Hospital (UTH) head of the clinical department of surgery Penias Tembo says lack of implants required for patients who have lost limbs in accidents is causing congestion in the awards.
Dr Tembo said the implants are usually ordered from abroad and are very expensive and take long to arrive in the country.
“At any particular time, the implants and metals can run out and we are required to source them from outside. Because of increased numbers of accidents, we have congestion in our wards as patients wait for implants from abroad,” he said.
Speaking in Lusaka on Friday at the road safety intervention planning meeting on accidents, Dr Tembo said the department also lacks specialised instruments to perform operations on accident victims.
The meeting was called by the National Road Safety Foundation and was attended by officials from the Ministry of Communications and Transport, insurance and petroleum companies.
Dr Tembo appealed to Government to ensure adequate supply of equipment if the department has to effectively manage accident victims that go to the hospital.
“The inadequate staffing is real especially when we have mass casualties. It is common that the number of people working at any particular time might be outstripped by the number of patients who have come,” Dr Tembo said.
He further called for the establishment of a laboratory to test alcohol content in accidents victims because most of them smell alcohol when taken to the hospital.
“If someone can help set up a laboratory where those that are drunk can have their blood tested, a number of people can be prosecuted. This can eventally lead to a reduction of road traffic accidents,” he said.
And National Road Safety Foundation chief executive officer Jimmy Kapijimpanga said the orgainsation has embarked on a national awareness campaign on road safety.

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