President Lungu has called on new Permanent Secretaries for Administration and Technical Services in the Ministry of Health to avoid procrastination and lethargy as some of the vices which have been delaying service delivery.
The President also warned that some Permanent Secretaries would soon be replaced because they were not performing according to expectations. The President said his investigations have revealed that some Permanent Secretaries were tired hence they would soon be replaced.
The President said this when he swore- in Mr John Moyo as Permanent Secretary for Administration and Dr. Jabbin Longa Mulwanda, Permanent Secretary for Technical Services in the Ministry of Health.
The President expressed profound concern at decisions which were made a long time on procurement of medicines and medical equipment including the execution of other health related activities, but were still pending.
President Lungu cited decisions which were made during the reign of fourth Republican President, His Excellency Mr Rupiah Bwezani Banda but had not yet been executed and attributed this to lethargy among other reasons.
President Lungu stated that sometimes decisions were made to pend to cause Government to fail in service delivery.
The President advised the two Permanent Secretaries to ensure that they executed their duties efficiently and that implementation of decisions made should be expedited to enhance service delivery.
On the appointment and swearing in of two Permanent Secretaries in the Ministry of Health, the President stated that this was unprecedented and that the move was intended to enhance efficiency in the system, as it was constrained.
“It is not the job of the President to ensure that decisions made are done as quickly as possible. As you execute your duties, ensure that you make quick consultations and if you fail to make decisions, let us know,” The President said
And the President also commended the Minister of Health Dr. Chilufya Mulenga for introducing health living in the country through the promotion of Aerobics which were launched on 28th November, 2016.
President Lungu said Health was not simply about curative but that emphasis should equally be on improving health living and wellness of the citizens to ensure a healthy nation.