Lungu prioritises health care

PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu has reiterated Government’s desire to construct 650 health posts across the country and the establishment of medical store hubs in strategic locations to improve the distribution of medical and surgical supplies.

President Lungu said this on Saturday night during the Zambia Medical Association (ZMA) annual ball and gala night at the Hotel Intercontinental in Lusaka.

He said Governmnet had completed the construction of many of the district hospitals across the country while face-lifting the University Teaching Hospital (UTH) to modernise it

“My Government is building 650 health posts across the country. We are constructing district hospitals and so far many have been completed and in addition we have invested substantially towards bringing our emergency services to international standards by purchasing advanced and basic life support ambulances and capacity building of personnel.

“Other strategies we have embarked on include the establishment of medical stores hubs in strategic locations to improve the distribution of medical and surgical supplies to the last mile. We have established dialysis units at Livingstone, Kitwe and Ndola central hospitals besides the unit at UTH,” President Lungu said.

He said that Zambia had made tremendous strides in the health sector as evidenced by the reduction in maternal mortality rate but said such positive strides needed to be extended to other areas as there was no need for complacency in dealing with peoples’ lives.

“I am proud to report that with our collective effort, Zambia has continued to post improved health status parameters for our population. As you all may be aware, maternal mortality has reduced substantially, infant mortality rate has minimised and under-five mortality rate has also gone down.

“With this remarkable achievement, we should not sit back and applaud our success, but instead we must all continue working hard to improve our national health outlook,” President Lungu said.

He revealed that in order to enhance human resource development in the health sector, Government will deploy doctors for super-specialisation in fields of cardiology, nephrology and haematology at the beginning of next year.

President  Lungu called on ZMA to support Government’s strategies aimed at ensuring that the specialists trained within Zambia were retained to serve people within the country.

He said Government’s vision was to turn Zambia into a regional ‘health tourism hub but that the vision could only be attained through the support of stakeholders such as ZMA.