Cabinet yesterday approved the appointment of new members to serve on the Zambia Medicines Regulatory Authority (ZAMRA) board.
Sports and Youth Minister Vincent Mwale, who is Acting Chief Government spokesperson, disclosed this during a press briefing in Lusaka today.
Mr. Mwale said the new board members were appointed following the expiry of tenure of office for the previous board last year.
He stated that cabinet made the decision in accordance with the provisions of the medicines and allied substance Act, No. 3 of 2013.
He said Cabinet also approved the appointment of new members to serve on the National Health Research Authority (NHRA) council in accordance with the provisions of the National Health Research Act No. 2 of 2013.
Mr. Mwale said cabinet expects NHRA to put in place an effective national health ethics system by ensuring that the health research that was conducted in the country was relevant, well-coordinated and regulated in order to contribute to improving the provisions of health services and policy making in Zambia.
And cabinet has approved the appointment of new members of the General Nursing Council of Zambia board following the expiry of the tenure of office for the previous board in November 2014.
Mr. Mwale said Cabinet made the decision in accordance with the provisions of the Nurses and Midwives Act No. 300 of 1997.
He said with a board in place, it was expected that there will be improved regulation of health professionals so as to contribute to the improved health delivery service to the general public.
In a related development, Cabinet also approved the appointment of new members of the National HIV/AIDS/STI/TB Council (NAC) board.
Mr. Mwale said the NAC board is critical to the coordination of the response by various stakeholders to the HIV/AIDS/STI/TB pandemic.
Meanwhile, Cabinet yesterday approved the appointment of new members of the Health Professions Council of Zambia (HPCZ) board in accordance with the provisions of the health Professional Council of Zambia Act No. 24 of 2009 of laws of Zambia.
Mr. Mwale said Cabinet expects the HPCZ board to implement and strengthen regulations on the health providers and health facilities registered under the Health Professions Council of Zambia.
He told journalists that the names to the afore boards and committees will be announced in due course.
And Cabinet yesterday approved the forest bill 2015 for publication and introduction in parliament during the next sitting in June this year.
The law will among other things provide for the participation of local communities and other stakeholders in sustainable forest management and the implementation of the United Nations framework convention on climate change and other international agreements to which Zambia is a party.