Controversy on Oxygen shortage deepens

The controversy about the shortage of Oxygen at Zambia’s biggest health

The University Teaching Hospital

The University Teaching Hospital

Institution the University Teaching Hospital [UTH] has deepened with the United Party for National Development [UPND] challenging the Government to tell the truth about the situation.

Health Minister Dr Joseph Kasonde acknowledged that there was a shortage of the commodity at the institution while the chief Government Spokesperson Kennedy Sakeni says there is enough Oxygen at the Institution.

Meanwhile UPND Lusaka Province vice chairperson Moono Mopani says it is unfortunate that the Government is not telling the truth about the situation adding that the situation is an emergency which should be handled with the urgency that it deserved.

Mopani says Media reports that three people had so far died due to the shortage of the commodity at the Institution were enough to trigger a quick reaction from the Government.

But UTH Managing director Dr Lackson Kasonga says there is nothing sinister about people dying at the institution because people always died there.

Kasonga said the Hospital had enough Oxygen adding that the only difference was that the Hospital’s Oxygen plant was down and the Hospital was therefore using Cylinders.

He said UTH was not the only Hospital that was using cylinders at the moment but also other Hospitals which included Ndola and Kitwe Central Hospitals who he said were also in the same situation.