THE Public Health Partnership Forum (PHPF) has disputed allegations by some quarters of society that the health care system in Zambia is crippled.
And PHPF says there is no health facility in Lusaka that allows women who deliver to carry surgical waste to their homes.
PHPF publicity secretary Enock Kaputula says there are significant developments taking place in the health sector.
Mr Kaputula said in a statement issued in Lusaka on Thursday that the establishment of the Pharmaceutical Regulatory Authority, a statutory body that regulates and registers medicines intended for human and animal use, is a constructive step achieved.
“While we acknowledge that there is more that needs to be done to improve healthcare service delivery, especially through increased funding and addressing the shortage of human resource, we also want to state that a lot has been done in the last eight years by Government to bring healthcare services to the community,” Mr Kaputula said.
He said Government has introduced new medical courses in higher learning institutions.
“At the University of Zambia Ridgeway Campus, Government has introduced new degree programmes in pharmacy, environmental health and physiotherapy.
“At Chainama College of Health Sciences, there are new medical courses being offered such as medical licentiate, ophthalmology and psychiatric nursing,” Mr Kaputula said.
He said Government is upgrading most clinics into mini hospitals to decongest major hospitals.
“Government is also constructing new clinics and district hospitals in most rural districts of the country and most basic and essential drugs are readily available in all clinics and hospitals,” Mr Kaputula said.
And Mr Kaputula said there are no heath facilities in Lusaka that allow women who have delivered to carry surgical waste, including placenta to their homes.
“Lusaka has health facilities that are providing maternity services and there are adequate incinerators where all medical and surgical waste, including placentas, is disposed of,” Mr Kaputula said.
Meanwhile, Mr Kaputula has advised Government to adjust the retirement age of health workers from 55 to 65 years and recruit more medical staff.
He said this will cushion the problem of human resource shortage in the Ministry of Health.
[Zambia Daily Mail]