Dr. Joseph Kasonde talking to a health personal at prisons clinic
Dr. Joseph Kasonde talking to a health personal at prisons clinic

Government says it will ensure that laboratory tests are done to prove that Zambia is not a risk area for yellow fever in the region.

Minister of health Joseph Kasonde says government does not want to push the reclassification of Zambia as a low risk area for yellow fever without scientific evidence.

Dr.Kasonde has told journalists at a media briefing that he also held meetings with South Africa’s minister of health and World Health Organization regional director on how best to handle Zambia’s Yellow fever ranking.

And Dr. Kasonde has also told journalists that government plans to establish six hospitals in Lusaka to cater for the growing population.

The district hospitals would be in Chilenje, Chawama, Kanyama, Chelstone, Chipata and Matero.

The minister has noted that the Chawama and Chilenje clinics that were classified as first level hospitals by the previous government do not meet standards of a hospital but has added that the current government will work towards upgrading such facilities.

Dr. Kasonde has also told journalists that the ministry of health is in the process of engaging a consultant to do feasibility studies on the modernisation of the University Teaching Hospital (UTH).

The minister has also indicated that plans are underway to expand the cancer hospital so that it can begin to offer in-patient and training services.

He adds that OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) has agreed to give a grant for the Phase two of the cancer hospital construction works.

Dr. Kasonde notes that the PF government will continue to upgrade health facilities in the country for improved health services.

QFM

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16 COMMENTS

  1. The republic of Lusaka. Spread infrastructure to all province you people otherwise everyone will shift to Lusaka.

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  2. No need to prove that Zambia has no yellow fever. Zambia just needs to request all South Africans entering and leaving Zambia to have yellow fever certificateds and their govt will throw out this nonsense of yellow fever certificate. Be like the Nigerians. Tit for tat.

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  3. Yellow fever….allow me 2air my disappointment on yellow fever issuing. I c lots of thoz funny yellow books all over intercity being sold withn da range 10pin-50pin ZMK. One wud wonder da role of da Medical centre or rather da ministry of Health as a mother board!pipo dnt even get examined bt get thoz small books @around such costs..I wud lik da govt 2 impose such sanctions 2other nationalities enterin da country especially thoz xenophobic south africans..

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  4. @ No. 1 – the problem with what you say is that South Africa’s tit is bigger than out tat. Not to mention, Yellow Fever IS a serious global health concern and the issue needs to be treated seriously with proper due diligence and just as another bun fight.

    You won’t catch me saying this often about GRZ, but in this case they are doing the right thing by collecting scientific evidence. 

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    • Sorry, Rod (No. 1) it’s now No. 2 (Matolokoshi) I was referring to on the tit for tat remark. 

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  5. The PF Govt should not just make empty noises to prove that there is no yellow fever in this country. The Ministry of Health must take practical steps to provide adequate vaccines to the travelling public. Many self-empoyed Zambians earn their living by travelling to Tanzania, Botswana, South Africa andf Dubai to care for their families and send children to schools, colleges and universities.. Govt must help to provide relatively cheap diversity of vaccinations. Talk of mere proving that Zambia is free from yellow fever is an exhibition of a lazy govt that does not care for the health of its peoples.

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  6. Its easier to prove presence of yellow fever than abscence, what sort of evidence was the minister thinking about?

    Getting 10 people who do not have and say the rest of the country therefore dont have?

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  7. Are these tests going to be carried out independently all we will be our own Judge and Jury?

    If only we turned a corner and became one of the region`s power houses, economically, coupled with a resolute and visionary leadership, I bet, any one else would mess with us at their own peril. We would gain the recognition and respect we deserve and all this BS of putting us down would be a thing of the past.

    We saw this 1st hand, under Mwanawasa, Our dignity had started crawling back  as fellow Africans as well as continent outsiders praised our progress. 

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  8. JUST DO TIT FOR TAT IMWE VI BANTHU !

    LET ALL WHO COME INTO ZAMBIA HAVE YELLOW FEVER CERTIFICATES PERIOD !
    WHY DO U WASTE TIME !?
    NIGERIA VERY GOOD EXAMPLE ! THEY DID THAT !

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  9. Looks like we’re about to reinvent the wheel. Independent scientific evidence is already there at both WHO, the Centres for Disease Control and prevention and other tropical medicine institutes around the world. Anyway, let’s warm to the Boers and their xenophobic brethren. 

    By the way, its South Africa that supplies the ‘genuine’ vaccine to Zambia and prints the ‘genuine’ yellow cards.

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  10. Let the Govt work, stop your fun comments all of you. We are seeing sanity not propaganda you are used to.

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  11. The best way to go is to set up case based surveillance for yellow fever especially in districts bordering DRC/.

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