Government says the opening of Lukupa Midwife Nursing School in Northern Province will significantly contribute to the reduction of maternal related deaths in the country.
Northern Province Permanent Secretary Jobbicks Kalumba says the Lukupa Midwifery School and many other interventions will serve as
catalysts for improved health care delivery system in the region and beyond.
Dr. Kalumba said this when he officially opened a three months long training for nurses and midwives in maternal neonatal child adolescents health and Nutrition in Kasama today.
The PS noted that the continuing capacity development of nurses in midwifery will ensure optimum reduction of deaths among pregnant mothers and children.
Dr. Kalumba said it is government’s desire to see that no woman or child is lost from maternal health related complications at all levels of health care delivery in the country.
He said government through the Zambia Health Services Improvement Project (ZHSIP) is implementing a 5 year project to improve the maternal health services across the country.
Dr. Kalumba said the project is being piloted in five provinces namely, North-Western, Western, Muchinga, Luapula and Northern.
He said in 2014 government obtained a 52.2 US dollar loan from the World Bank aimed at enhancing the health care delivery system especially in maternal and child health in the country.
The PS has also commended the ministry of health staff in the region for their unwavering commitment towards the provision of health services to various communities in the province.
And Provincial Health Director Kennedy Chibwe thanked government and other cooperating partners for their continued support to the health sector.
The training workshop has drawn hundred and fifty nine (159) participants from three provinces namely Northern, Muchinga .