As hospitals in the country continue to complain of inadequate resources including fuel for ambulances, a Mzimba district hospital ambulance driver was found drinking beer at a bar with his ambulance parked in front of the drinking joint.
Our reporter also saw the ambulance driver when he was arriving at the drinking joint while driving the vehicle which has the registration number MG 907AF.
This was happening at a time some patients in health centres across the district were in dire need of the ambulance’s services.
The driver refused to be interviewed and threatened our reporter that publication of this article may find him facing unspecified punishments.
He went on to advise fellow drunkards at the drinking joint not to reveal his identity to our reporter for fear of being exposed to his bosses who would later fire him.
“Mind your business young man. This is Mzimba, if you don’t take care and try to follow my footsteps you may end up finding yourself in trouble,” he warned.
Separate findings indicate that the driver also uses the vehicle to carry his personal goods using government fuel.
Some residents also claimed that most medics at the facility steal peanuts meant for sick children and sell them outside the hospital.
“We as well suspect some to be selling drugs at this facility just that investigations on the matter have not been done properly. Hospital materials are seen being used at homes of health workers to our surprise,” said Makayiko Soko, a resident in the district.
Publicist for the facility declined to comment on the matter but referred our reporter to the transport manager Mr. Muyaba who also did not comment because he claimed to be on holiday.
“In fact you need to speak with the public relations officer because he is the only one assigned to talk to the media not me. If he declined to comment then I cannot speak on his behalf,” said Muyaba.
District health officer (DHO) for Mzimba was not immediately available to comment on the issue.