President Rupiah Banda says he will not rest until every Zambian has easy access to low-cost healthcare.
Speaking on World Malaria Day, President Banda says he would use the day of commemoration to highlight the work still to be done to reach Zambia’s own healthcare targets.
Mr. Banda said the global community is working towards a target of zero malaria deaths by 2015.
“My vision is for a Zambia where all people have equal and universal access to healthcare. We have made great in-roads to achieving this – most recently, by opening nine new mobile hospitals to help us reach outlying areas , ” President Banda said.
He added that his government is working hard to secure more investment to extend the reach of our anti-malaria programme.
Mr Banda noted that it is also important that we educate everybody on the measures they can take to reduce risk. On World Malaria Day.
“I appealed to every Zambian to be vigilant in protecting themselves, and to support one another, so that we can look forward to tomorrow’s Zambia free of this disease.” said Mr Banda.
This is contained in statement released to Zanis by special assistant to the President for Press and public Relations in lusaka today.
World Malaria Day brings together governments, businesses, donors and patients to raise awareness of the progress made in reaching this target and to call on all countries to work together to eradicate the deadly disease.
The 2010 World Malaria Report showed a 50 per cent reduction in cases of malaria in 11 African countries.
Zambia has been a pioneer in identifying new measures to prevent and treat the disease.
Under President Banda, the Southern African country has undergone mass distribution of free insecticide treated mosquito nets, indoor residual spraying of houses and investment in diagnosis and treatment has seen malaria deaths decline by more than two thirds since 2000.
Last week, Director of Public Health and Research Dr. Victor Mukonka spoke publicly about the strong political will, leadership and increased funding to malaria programmes which has resulted in the 66 per cent decline in malaria incidence.
Zambia is now well ahead of the Abuja Declaration and the World Health Organisation’s global ‘Roll Back Malaria’ target.