A scathing attack by Lusaka Gossip on GRZ's latest plans for mobile hospitals :
"The idea for Mobile Hospitals is ill-conceived and will lead to wastage of tax payers money. As a matter of fact, the idea has all the hallmarks of someone intending to profit from whichever deal will come out of the eventual procurement of Mobile Hospitals. History has shown that rarely have Zambian politicians made decisions with the poor as the intended genuine beneficiaries. But who stands to make personal gain from the proposal? Fifty three million dollars is such a huge amount of money, for Zambian standards, that Zambians must not allow the Government to waste on cheap and transitory Mobile Hospital structures. The idea must be rescinded and all the discussions on the proposed plan to import Mobile Hospitals from China must stop with immediate effect. It is important for the leadership to start planning and constructing infrastructure that will stand the test of time."I don't fully share the skepticism over "mobile hospitals" because we know so little about how these hospitals will work. One of the things we have discussed in the past is that Zambia is full of isolated settlements that make it difficult to provide services. One can certainly see the rationale for providing mobile resources (in an internet and telephone age) as way of harnessing the economies of scale. I would be interested to hear from others where such "hospitals" have been employed. The government needs to set out a full comprehensive case for taking this project forward. It appears the government's communication skills have not improved since I wrote Governing in difficult times.