United States (US) Ambassador Eric Schultz says the US government shall remain committed to support the Zambian government on health promotion issues.
Ambassador Shultz said the Zambian government and that of the USA have continued to enjoy cordial relationship that has seen them partner in a lot of developmental issues to uplift the economic standards of the Zambian people.
He mentioned that Zambia was destined to becoming a healthier nation as it has the potential connection in achieving quality health care deliveries across the country.
Ambassador Shultz was speaking in Livingstone this morning shortly after he toured some health care facilities at Livingstone Central Hospital.
He charged that the USA government has so far given Zambia over US$ 2 billion for the nation to improve on health promotion issues in the country.
The US Ambassador said he was in the tourist capital, Livingstone to familiarize himself with the town and also to handover some vehicles to Southern Province Medical Office as a way of assisting women with pregnancies in an effort to reduce maternal mortality rates.
And Southern Province Medical Officer Jelita Chinyonga hailed the US Ambassador for his visit.
Dr. Chinyonga disclosed that every year, Livingstone Central Hospital receives US$5 million from the USA government to improve on health care deliveries.
Meanwhile, the US Ambassador paid a courtesy call on Chief Mukuni of the Toka-Leya speaking people of Kazungula district and assured him of the USA’s continued support to the Zambian government on various sectors of the economy other than health related issues.
Earlier, Chief Mukuni disclosed that his Chiefdom has been doing very fine under SHARE II project which was financed by the USA government on sensitizing the community on behavioural change and the importance of education for the betterment of their future.
And Inankwazi Mukuni appreciated the support from SHARE II project which she said changed a lot of people’s mind set on their life styles in the Chiefdom adding that before the programme, more people were dying from HIV/AIDS related illnesses.