Health Deputy Minister, Patrick Chikusu, says government has not turned a blind eye to the shortage of health professionals in the country.
Dr Chikusu has noted that government has put up measures to address the situation, adding that one such mechanism put in place is the scaling up of the number of students graduating from health training institutions in the country.
The Health Deputy Minister said this in Lusaka today in a speech read for him by the Deputy Director for Emergency Services in the Ministry of Health, Muhumpu Kafwamfwa, at the first graduation ceremony for private nursing schools.
Dr Chikusu noted that the graduation ceremony for the health personnel demonstrates one of the strategies put in place where government is partnering with private nursing colleges to increase the number of nursing graduates to address the human resource crisis in the health sector.
He said both private and government nursing schools follow the same national curriculum which is in line with the essential health care package for the health sector with emphasis on primary health care and public health nursing that looks into primary, secondary and tertiary treatment.
Dr Chikusu stated that government will continue to provide an enabling environment for private nursing schools so that they, too, continue to supplement government’s efforts in its quest to provide equitable cost effective and quality health care services to the people of Zambia.
And Speaking on behalf of the Private Nursing Colleges, Director for Lusaka Health Institute, Brighton Chellah, said the colleges are proud to be associated with the training of nurses.
Mr Chellah noted that scaling up the training of health workers is one of the strategies contained in the Zambian Human Resource for Health (HRH) strategic Plan for 20006 to 2010 to mitigate the effects of shortage of human resource.
About 400 nurses graduated from Lusaka Nursing School, Lusaka Health Institute, Makeni Nursing School of Nursing and Dovecot College respectively.