The Ministry of Health has announced that the
first round of Child health week will be held from 20th to 25th June
Ministry of health Spkesperson Kamoto Mbewe said all logistics
including vaccines,drugs and other supplies are available and are
Dr. Mbewe explained that activities during the child health week will
include Provision of Vitamin A, deworming,immunisations for
measles,DPT,BCG,Polio and tetanus toxoid and family planning services,
ZANIS reports that he disclosed that other activities will include
paediatric HIV counselling and testing and screening for severe acute
malnutrition in selected districts as well as sensitisation on
utilisation of mosquito nets and malaria case management.
Dr Mbewe urged parents and guardians to ensure children under five
received the service as well as to continue taking their children
under the age of five to health facilities as these immunisations were
Speaking during a press breifing in Lusaka today, Dr. Mbewe further noted that
measles cases have continued to increase in Eastern Province but were
under control in Northern and Luapula Provinces.
He stated that 15 % of children immunised proved to be restant that was
why parents needed to keep taking their children for immunisation.
Meanwhile,the Ministry of Health has this April recruited 502 health workers.
Dr Mbewe said recruitment was based on the December 2010 graduates and
have since filled existing funded and vacant positions.
He said of the recruited were 73 junior doctors who have since been
posted to Livingstone,Ndola, Kitwe and UTH, 265 enrolled and
registered nurses, 20 clinical officers while 144 include
paramedics,pharmacists and biomedical scientists.
He added that those who had been left out would be recruited in June under the
K52 billion budgeted for 2011 meant to recruit 1,753 health workers.
Dr. Mbewe said the amount would also cater for health workers who would be
promoted and non medical health workers.
He further stated that the June 2010 graduates would be recruiited once official
results were out and the register with relevant professional and
regulatory bodies around made available around September and October
Dr. Mbewe also announced that all essential drugs were adequately
stocked in the country up to September and the procurment process for
the period beyond September was on schedule.
He explained that the Board for Pharmaceutical Regulatory Authority (PRA )
had been put in place and would launch the quality assurance lab under
PRA which would be used in the detection of counterfeit drugs.
He said that procurement of third line ARV drugs was underway and
that contracts have been signed to cover treatment of patients
requiring the treatment and would be received soon.
[ ZANIS ]