The Alliance for a Better Zambia has urged the government to intervene in the on-going strike in the health sector before it spreads to the rest of the country.
ABZ President Father Frank Bwalya said the longer it took to resolve the six day old impasse the more lives would be lost in hospitals.
The strike by nurses that started in Mongu has now spread to the University Teaching Hospital, Ndola Central, Kitwe Central and Kabwata Clinic in Lusaka.
Attempts to get the nurses back to work have so far been unsuccessful.
"This strike by health workers should be stopped very quickly before it spreads to the rest of the country because more lives will be lost. We would like the government to treat this matter with urgency," Fr Bwalya said.
"We know that the unions have tried to get the workers back to work but they have not been successful now we know that only an intervention by government can end this impasse."
Nurses have downed tools citing poor working conditions with the strike having been sparked by a four percent salary increment that translates into a K100.
Recently government announced a salary hike for civil servants that had been said to have been as high as 200 percent in some cases but the reality has turned otherwise angering the affected workers.