President Edgar Lungu has announced the upgrade of three more clinics in Lusaka, Chipata, Kanyama and Chawama Clinics into Level 1 Hospitals.
President lungu announced this when he commissioned Matero Level 1 Hospital today.
“Other clinics in Lusaka District, which government has earmarked for upgrading into level 1 hospitals include chipata, kanyama and chawama,” he announced.
President Lungu noted that drugs and medical supplies play a critical role in the provision of curative and preventative services hence Government, through the Ministry of Health has continued to ensure availability and accessibility of adequate quality, safe, and affordable medicines and medical supplies at all levels of healthcare.
He implored health workers not to engage in the pilferage of medical supplies.
“Let us avoid situations where patients are subjected to buying their own medicines due to shortages. Remember, Government spends huge sums of money to procure the drugs and other medical supplies,” he said.
President lungu also thanked the Japanese government, for their unwavering support rendered to this project and many others across the country.
And President Lungu has said ths is indeed a demonstration of the PF Government’s resolve to deliver on its promise of improving health in zambia, noting that the PF government has been making deliberate steps to improve health in zambia.
President lungu pointed out that few days ago he was in Chilenje where he commissioned Chilenje hospital.
He observed that the upgrade for both hospitals which had been done at a total cost of K 200 million has since recorded a drastic reduction in the number of cases refered to higher level hospital from 1,390 in the first quarter of 2016 to 284 cases in the first quarter of 2017.
President Lungu noted that government was committed to taking quality health care services as close to the families as possible.
He said he was pleased to note that since its upgrade Matero Hospital is now able conduct surgical operations.
“A total of 194 surgical operations were performed, with 75 of these benefiting our women. This is a positive achievement which has resulted in the decongestion of the university teaching hospital and the Levy Mwanawasa General Hospital where such cases are normally referred,” the president said
Matero hospital will provide healthcare services to the community on a 24 hours daily basis.
The current 330 health workers employeed under this facility will now provide health services right at the door steps of the residents and those within the neighbourhood.