By Priscilla Phiri:
Three staff members from the Central Medical Stores Trust (CMST) have been confirmed dead and five others are on medical attention while on a learning tour at Monze in Zambia’s Southern Province.
According to a statement released Thursday by the Public Relations Officer for CMST, Herbert Chandilanga, dated August 11, 2022, the eight-member staff delegation was from the Ministry of Health and CMST.
The press release said the vehicle used on the tour had a tyre burst causing it to roll off the road.
The statement has confirmed the death of three CMST staff members which are IT Manager David Gongona Mavuto Chima, Quality Assurance Manager Alfred Edwin and the Branch Manager for Southern Region Innocent TonuIddiIssa.
Three members are currently receiving medical attention as outpatients which are CMST Trustee and Director of Technical Committee Stephen Chimtengo, Director of Finance, Washington Kaimvi and the Director of Pharmaceuticals Operations, Geoffrey Ngwira.
Meanwhile, two government officials which are the Director of Planning and Policy Development for Ministry of Health (MOH), Kate Jane Langwe and Financial Analyst at National Local Government Finance Committee, James Kelvin Namame are receiving in-patient care and awaiting transfer from Monze to Lusaka.
The study tour, sponsored by the Global Fund, focused on operational excellence in the procurement, warehousing and distribution of medicines and medical supplies.
It was hosted by the Zambian Ministry of Health and the Zambia Medicines and Medical Supplies Agency (ZAMMSA) which was to run from August 7 to 13 according to the statement.