President Edgar Lungu is disheartened at the pace of constructing the 650 health posts across the country.
The President attributed the delay to some contractors who have been found wanting due to corrupt practices among other issues.
The President was speaking when he officiated at the Zambia Medical Association -ZMA- Annual Ball and Awards Gala in Lusaka Last night at which First Lady, Esther Lungu was awarded the ZMA president’s award for her contribution to the health sector .
And President Lungu said government has also established dialysis units at Livingstone, Kitwe, and Ndola Central Hospitals in addition to the one at the University Teaching Hospital -UTH-.
The President said the continued investment in the health sector has improved service delivery and resulted in the reduction of mortality rates.
President Lungu said government will next year deploy Doctors for super-specialisation in the fields of Cardiology, Nephrology and Hematology among others in order to sustain the achievements in the sector.
The President has since directed the Public Service Management Division to resolve all human resource impediments for Doctors.
He says government is injecting huge investments in the health sector with a view of making Zambia a health tourism hub in the Southern African region.
President Lungu says government has so far invested substantially towards bringing emergency services to international standards by buying advanced and basic life support ambulances.
Meanwhile, ZMA president, Aaron Mujajati commended government for the continued investment in the health sector.
Dr. Mujajati also announced that Zambia will in 2017 for the first time host the World medical Association Conference that will attract over 600 doctors across the globe.
He said the conference will be an opportunity for the country to showcase achievements in the health sector and its tourism potential too.
And speaking when she received the award, Mrs Lungu said the award has not only upgraded her profile but will also encourage her to do more.
Others that received the awards are Health Minister, Dr. Josepth Kasonde, Dr. Ziche Makukula, and Professor Lupando Mukange for ZMA life-time achievement.
While Dr. Aggrey Mweemba, Dr. Chipepo Kankasa and Professor Kasonde Bowa Received the ZMA Meritorious award.
Dr. John Musuku and Dr. Paston Mukubesa also received the ZMA presidents’ award.
And Health Minister Joseph Kasonde says the construction of the 650 health posts across the Country is still on course.
Dr. Kasonde notes that this is despite the project delaying for a period of 3 months.
He has told Qfm News that his Ministry however expects that the set deadline for the completion of the project will be met.