REPUBLIC OF ZAMBIA
MINISTRY OF HEALTH
PRESS STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Lusaka March 7th 2019). We would like to disown a picture circulating
on social media of a patient sleeping on a hospital bed without a mattress.
The picture is purported to have been taken at Kabwe General Hospital.
We would like to set the record straight by stating that we do not have such a ward at the hospital in question.
Members of the public may wish to know that we have two bed 18s at Kabwe General Hospital; one for males in the surgical ward and another in the medical TB isolation ward, which, currently, has no patient.
Moreover, our bed numbers are written in red on the wall and not a
sticker as shown in the picture being circulated.
We challenge the public and media to verify this fact because some
research has since revealed that the picture appearing on social media was not taken in Zambia but in a known North African country.
Head Media Relations
Ministry of Health
Mobile: +260 977694310