Biomedical Student carrying COVID-19 samples dies in Power Tools bus accident

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One of the casualties of Power Tools bus road traffic accident was Biomedical Student who was transporting COVID-19 samples from Zambezi, reports Martha Banda.

The Power Tools bus from Solwezi yesterday plunged into Kabompo river killing eight passengers.

The Minister of Health today confirmed that a 24 year old Biomedical student Ian Mutambo carrying COVID-19 samples was killed in the bus fatality.

This is despite millions of Kwachas that have been donated by well wishers to fight COVID-19.

And President Lungu says he is broken by the news describing the situation as unfortunate.

President Lungu has ordered for an investigation to what led the Ministry send the officer using public transport.

In a statement posted on his Facebook page this evening, President Lungu wrote:

I am heart broken that a dedicated health worker and biomedical student Ian Mutambo, aged 24 lost his life as he travelled on the Power Tools bus from Solwezi that plunged into the Kabompo River on 2nd May 2020.

This is contrary to my Government’s commitment to do more for the health workers as they remain at the frontline of fighting this deadly disease.

It is unfortunate that a health worker on such a crucial assignment could be subjected to public transport. I am instructing the Minister of Health to work with the investigative wings to understand how this unfortunate incident occurred.

I urge the ministry, provincial and district health offices to immediately ensure all the necessary logistics are in place to avoid such risks in the fight against COVID-19. While I understand the urgency of getting suspected COVID samples to labs, this risk must never be taken again.

My heart is broken. I join the Mutambo family in mourning this untimely and painful death.

May the soul of Ian Mutambo rest in eternal Peace.

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4 Responses to Biomedical Student carrying COVID-19 samples dies in Power Tools bus accident

  1. That young man was not supposed to travel by public transport I don’t think it was wise to put him in any public transport.
    The man was on duty something must have gone wrong from someone and I can call it neglegency or incompetence from his bosses.

    nshilimubemba
    May 3, 2020 at 11:52 pm
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  2. Negligence of the highest order. Were there no other govt vehicles in Solwezi? Who sanctioned the trip? What was his/her interest if not having more money in the pockets? The list of questions is endless. My condolences to the Mutambo Family. MHSRIP.

    muzzo
    May 4, 2020 at 6:51 am
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  3. This is negligence of the worst nature, how could the minister of health allow this kind of logistic to occur amid huge donations being made towards this pandemic.

    advance maps
    May 4, 2020 at 7:11 am
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  4. shame to this government,fire with immediate effect the officers responsible on national interest,they have failed us.shame indeed.

    tembo
    May 4, 2020 at 8:43 am
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