Patients seeking dental services at Neno district hospital have gone for close to a month now without getting any service due to lack of Lignocaine and a dental clinician.
Zodiak through its onsight observations has established that patients seeking dental services at the facility have been rendered helpless for two months against the authorities assertion of a month.
But both Neno district hospital spokesperson Caroline Banda and Director of Health and Social Services Dr. Enock Ndarama say the problem is due to their fact that the only dental clinician they have is on leave and efforts to find a relief one has not materialised.
"As DHO we have done all we could to find a relief clinician but it is now beyond our control. The only dental clinician we have is on holiday," they said in a joint response.
They however say that the out of stock of Lignocaine is not the major contributing factor to the suspension of dental services at the main district hospital and have assured patients that services will resume soon without specifying a date.
One patient we found at the facility today, David Gama says he has been returning home without a service for a month now and is spending sleepless nights due to unbearable toothache pains.
"I have been coming here to seek the services and every time I am told that I should come on the following Monday but it is the same story when I come,".
He further says he can not eat properly and he is forced to consume watery food to ease the pain.
He has since called on authorities to help or disclosed if they have failed so that the patients like him seek assistance elsewhere.
A visit by Zodiak today found the dental department closed with no hope of opening.