Government has clarified that it has not yet bought the US$53 million worth mobile clinics from China.
Chief government spokesperson Ronnie Shikapwasha disclosed that government has since engaged stakeholders to carry out a comprehensive assessment of the matter.
Speaking today when he featured on Radio Christian Voice Programme dubbed “Health care delivery in Zambia”
Lieutenant General Shikapwasha, who is also Information and Broadcasting Services Minister, said government would ensure that it gets all views from all stakeholders before a decision to procure the equipment from China is agreed to.
Lt. Gen Shikapwasha explained that government will also wait for the report from the medical assessment team looking at how best the mobile clinics can assist people to access quality and improved health care delivery in the country.
He noted that the report will also be taken to cabinet for further consideration, adding that government is determined to provide improved health care services to all its citizens.
Lt. Gen Shikapwasha said that government will not impose the decision on people but will rather accept views from members of the public on the issue.
He pointed out that members of the public can play a leading role in providing guidance to government through their views.
Lt. Gen Shikapwasha reiterated government’s commitment to building more rural health care centers throughout country.
He disclosed that currently about 50 percent of the rural population do not have access to quality health care services hence the government to build more health facilities in such areas.
He also added that this is also why much of this year’s budgetary allocation to the health sector will be spent on constructing new health post and centers as a way of providing cheap and easy access to health facilities in rural areas.
The Minster further disclosed that 42 of the 120 constructed health posts in different districts have already been commissioned to ease the burden of people walking long distances to the nearest centre.
Meanwhile, Lt. Gen Shikapwasha has bemoaned lack of well-trained medical personal in most health centers in the country.
He said improved health care can only be administered through having well-trained personal all health departments.
He has however, called on private sector participation in enhancing good heath care services in line with the Fifth National Development Plan of 2010.