4 January 2013

Zambia: UCZ Accident Victim Evacuated to UTH

ONE of the victims injured when a United Church of Zambia (UCZ) building in Chainda Township in Lusaka collapsed has been transferred to the University Teaching Hospital (UTH) for advanced surgical operations.

The victims from UCZ All Saints congregation were admitted to Levy Mwanawasa General Hospital in Lusaka when the accident occurred on New Year's Day.

Erica Kapindula, 21, was earlier admitted to the intensive care unit at Levy Mwanawasa General Hospital before she was evacuated to UTH yesterday.

On Tuesday around 10:00 hours, a UCZ church service turned tragic after metal bars from the unfinished building collapsed and fell on the congregants.

A member Ashley Muchinga, 22, died on the spot while 41 casualties were rushed for treatment at the hospital.

Levy Mwanawasa General Hospital public relations officer Mwenya Mulenga said yesterday that Ms Kapindula was in a critical condition and that she was transferred to UTH for advanced surgical operations.

"Ms Kapindula has been transferred to UTH for surgery operations. As of Wednesday, we had about five patients including Ms Kapindula admitted but today (yesterday) three females out of five have been discharged.

"Only one patient is still admitted here but he in a stable condition," Mr Mulenga said.

The UCZ leadership in Lusaka are under probe for allowing congregates to converge in an incomplete building.

Lusaka City Council public relations officer Henry Kapata said the UCZ leadership did not possess a partial occupation certificate to host a gathering of a large magnitude.

He said some UCZ top leaders had been summoned over the catastrophic incident.

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