President Banda launches CB mobile hospitals
President Rupiah Banda says government will apply innovative approaches to health challenges around the country so that the number of patients without access to quality health care can be reduced.
President Banda said this in Kitwe’s Ndeke Township yesterday where he commissioned mobile health services and the Ndeke mini hospital.
He said mobile health units will serve Zambians in rural and remote parts of the country as they will be able access affordable, cost effective and quality health services.
The President said government is working hard to reduce the distance that people, especially in rural areas walk to access health services.
He stated that the mobile health units are specifically designed for areas with rough terrain and poor road network, noting that in these areas, the target population will find the units very beneficial.
He said 125 health post are being constructed countrywide noting that this is in keeping his promise that government will construct district hospitals in all districts by the year 2016.
President Banda said now inevitable for government to recruit and provide qualified staff to treat patients at these health posts.
He said government has since allocated K52 billion to the Ministry of Health to employ different categories of health workers.
He said government intends to increase the intake of students in health institutions by expanding learning facilities and opening new ones.
The President said this measure will increase the number of health workers in the country.
He also disclosed that plans are underway to soon open a second medical school on the Copperbelt province very soon.
President Banda also said the massive investment pumped into the health sector has paid off as the health of Zambians continues to significantly improve.
He said government has managed to improve the under-five mortality rate from 168 deaths per 1,000 lives births to 119, the infant mortality rate from 90 deaths per 1,000 live births to 70 while the maternal mortality rate has also dropped.
The mortality rate resulting from malaria has also fallen by 60 per cent as reported by health facilities.
ZANIS reports that the mobile health units and the Ndeke village mini hospital that President Banda commissioned will serve a population of 15, 606.