Visiting World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director for Africa Matshidiso Moeti has observed that Zambia’s health system is underfunded.
Dr Moeti has since called on the government and its cooperating partners to invest more in the health sector.
And Moeti says Zambia is still carrying a heavy burden of communicable diseases.
She adds that the country is also starting to face an emerging problem of non communicable diseases, with health facilities that are not strong enough to deal with the problem.
She says the approach the Zambian government is proposing now and which the WHO strongly supports is to develop a strong health system.
Dr. Moeti says this entails the country working towards having more health facilities such as clinics, referral hospitals, adequate health workers and good data system.
Speaking at media briefing held in Lusaka this morning, Dr. Moeti noted that the WHO strongly believes this is the approach that can deliver in terms of dealing with the problems the country’s health sector is facing.
Dr. Moeti states the WHO will keep its work on HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria while the approach will be modified slightly in order that it pays more attention to improving and building up a system that will deliver services to address these problems.
He says the intention of her organization is also to sustain the gains that have been made so far in addressing the problems of the country.
And Dr. Moeti has disclosed that in her interaction with the Zambian government it has been agreed that Zambia does not have capacity yet in terms of surveillance and follow ups of rumors of disease outbreaks.
She says the World Health Organisation is of the view that there is need for the country to build capacity by not only putting in place a system where the country will be ready to prevent an outbreak, but will be able to diagnose what it is.