EXHAUST all communication channels before engaging the head of State, Ministry of Information Permanent Secretary Amos Malupenga has advised the Resident Doctors Association of Zambia (RDAZ).
Mr. Malupenga said he was aware that the association had written to President Edgar Lungu seeking audience over their grievances.
He, however, said there was no need for the association to write to the President because their matter is an administrative issue that Government is attending to in an effective manner.
In an interview, Mr. Malupenga said the meeting between Government and the RDAZ will be conducted on the basis that Dr Brian Sampa is not part of it because his practicing licence has been suspended. Mr. Malupenga explained that Dr. Sampa’s licence has been suspended for three months during which he is not expected to practice as a medical doctor or involve himself in any activity related to his profession.
He said Government, however, remains committed to meeting the demands of the association of which strides have been made. Among them is the employment of over 700 health personnel of which 125 are resident doctors.
Mr. Malupenga noted that Government has also been gradually paying monies owed to the resident doctors and will continue to do so with the availability of funds. – ZNBC.