Insufficient health facilities in Mazabuka contributed to the high death toll

Opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) Mbabala Member of Parliament, Ephraim Belemu, has said some lives would have been saved in the Mazabuka tragedy had government provided adequate and better hospital facilities at Mazabuka Hospital, reports Zambian Eye Mazabuka Correspondent.


Mr Belemu said that some accident victims died on the way as they were being transferred from Mazabuka hospital to the University Teaching Hospital (UTH) in Lusaka due to lack of adequate health facilities at the local hospital.


He said government needs to work towards improving the health facilities at Mazabuka Hospital, it being along the highway, in order to prevent loss of life due to inadequate health facilities.


Speaking to Macha radio this morning after the burial of some victims from his constituency, Mr Belemu said he received the death of 12 passengers and the driver with great shock.


He said and Namwala MP, Moono Lubezhi, will assist the aggrieved families.


”It’s high time government considers the health sector as a matter of priority because if Mazabuka Hospital had adequate facilities, it being on the highway, some victims wouldn’t have died,” said Belemu.


He later thanked his Namwala counterpart Moono Lubezhi and the UPND President Hakainde Hichilema for donating funds, transport and foodstuffs to the bereaved families.


12 people died after an accident along the Mazabuka highway when a GBR bus collided with a South African truck in the hours of last Saturday. Both drivers of the vehicles involved died on the spot. The truck driver was trying to avoid hitting a cyclist, who had encroached onto the highway, but ended up hitting the bus head on.