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Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Government addressing low health staffing levels

Health Government addressing low health staffing levels

-Lusaka Province Medical Officer Kennedy Malama(r) having a light moment with Aids Health Care Foundation National Medical Director Brig-Gen Lawson Simapuka(l) immediately after handing over the Medical Equipments to Chifundo Clinic in Chaisa Compound
-Lusaka Province Medical Officer Kennedy Malama(r) having a light
moment with Aids Health Care Foundation National Medical Director
Brig-Gen Lawson Simapuka(l) immediately after handing over the Medical
Equipments to Chifundo Clinic in Chaisa Compound

Government says it is working round the clock to addressing the low staffing levels which are affecting service delivery.

ZANIS reports that Lusaka provincial medical officer Kennedy Malama said government has started recruiting health personnel to improve health service delivery.

Dr. Malama noted that high volume health facilities fail to deliver effectively because of the huge work load that comes with overpopulation by patients of these areas.

He stated that the Ministry of Health has prioritized the recruitment of health workers in order to help such health facilities function effectively and efficiently.

Dr. Malama stated that both the old and newly built health facilities will receive new recruits to help lessen the workload.

He also said that he is happy that the health sector is enjoying one of the best times due to the continued adequate supply of essential drugs.

He said that all the health facilities now have all the essential drugs to help treat patients plus the purse of some new HIV kits.

He explained that shortage of drugs usually comes as a result of logistical mismanagement by some medical personnel that fail to account for how the drugs are being used and also fail to mention on time that their health facilities lack certain medicine.

10 COMMENTS

  1. Zambian hospitals look like hospitals in wartone countries. They have become breeding places for diseases. The government has been training Doctors,nurse and other medical staff for other countries like the UK, Botswana, Swaziland etc. only a handful of Medical staff are found in these buildings which were once hospitals. Why does the government continue to train medical staff for other countries. Poor selfish leaders.

    • Please do not mislead yourself and others who may have no facts at hand. The Zambian govt does not train doctors and nurses neither do they even sponsor them. Parents sponsor their loved one who have the liberty to go and work elsewhere if they so wish. There is nothing wrong with doctors and nurses going to work abroad, especially if the conditions are much better than in Zambia where only a few selected are well looked after. Improve the conditions and those professionals will stay period!

  2. If ony Zambian Medica staff had higher morals and we’re able to see that their role is a vocation not opportunity to earn higher in foreign countries.

  3. You wonder why you have health staffing levels when you have experienced doctors being given administrative jobs pushing pens behind desks instead on being in the hospital or rural clinic.

  4. For once, be honest and tell the truth. There is simply no money to enable govt to recruit new staff for the health sector ?

  5. It is not true that all medical personnel do not want to live and work in Zambia for instance my wife has not written but phoned the ministry of health several times in order to come back work in Zambia and has been ignored in spite of being flexible to work in either rural or urban rural areas. It is annoying when people say nursing is a vocation and people should not be in it for the money. Don’t medicalstaff pay bills and have families ? They are not volunteers period

  6. Comment:I personally trained abroad and wish to work anywhere but our vision as a country doesn’t put health as a priority. EL Nafuti. neh? I hav seen the waiting lists of health workers wanting to be employed but they say no funding is there. Doctors here hav time to even work in private am guessing they are not busy.

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