Power outages have caused serious operational challenges at Chipata General Hospital mortuary.

Power outages have caused serious operational challenges at Chipata General Hospital mortuary.
This came to light during District Epidemic Preparedness Management Meeting held in Chipata.
Senior Environmental Health Technologist, Thomas Mambo Zulu says that power outages by ZESCO, the Zambia Electricity Supply Cooperation have adversely affected the operation of fridges at the mortuary.
And Mr. Zulu says that disinfection of the hospital has been difficulty because they do not have the compression pump which is more reliable and durable.
He says that the justo sprayer, which the hospital is using, is not reliable as it breaks down constantly.
And Mr. Zulu says that although the water situation has improved, erratic water supply by Eastern Water and Sewerage Company affects the operation of the institution especially at night.
He revealed that people are scavenging infectious waste at the incinerators, which is a serious threat to public health.
Meanwhile Mr. Zulu says that dog bite cases are on the increase with cases being reported almost every day at the hospital adding that the situation is worrying.
He says that the hospital has run out of anti-rabies vaccines despite having a lot of stray dogs in the district.

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