Ministry of Health Permanent Secretary for Administration Dr Kennedy Malama says Government is committed to ensuring that all running projects are completed on time before embarking on new ones.
He said Government will also ensure fair distribution of hospital services because this is essential in an effectively functioning health delivery system.
Dr Malama, told journalists in Chipata after inspecting infrastructure projects and health services which included maternal and child health, HIV/AIDS, Eye Hospital, which is almost complete, with comprehensive outpatients wings, two operating theatres, inpatient wards among others.
The PS further inspected service provision at Chikoma Zonal Health Centre in Vubwi.
He expressed satisfaction with range of services being provided.
Dr Malama, who is accompanied by MoH Director of Clinical Care and Diagnostic Services Dr Mzaza Nthele, is in Eastern Province checking on infrastructure projects and provision of health services.
The Permanent Secretary inspected Chipata and Vubwi district hospitals that are being constructed at the cost of K10 million and K13 million respectively.
He inspected the prefabricated Antiretro Viral Treatment center at Chipata Central Hospital and maternity wing at Mwami Adventist Hospital where he commended the role the church has continued to play in supplementing government’s effort in the provision of health care services to the people.
Dr Malama said focus is being placed on ensuring that hospitals have all the necessary competencies and making certain that they operate according to their level.
Dr Malama said Government will strengthen and expand clinical disciplines at all levels of hospital care and enhance the efficiency of patient care at all points.
He said the ministry will continue to build the capacity of service providers in order to improve service delivery, this is evidenced by the number of new specialized training programmes that have been introduced in Zambia.
At Level 1 hospitals, Dr Malama said special focus shall continue to be given to strengthening the provision of quality, essential surgical, obstetrics and anaesthesia service.
Dr Malama said other interventions strengthening the provision of quality essential and emergency obstetrics and gynaecology services as well establishing and strengthening the provision of quality essential and emergency anaesthesia services.
At Level 2 and Level 3 hospitals, Dr Malama said the interventions being implemented include establishing and strengthening the provision of quality, comprehensive, highly specialized, and complex surgical care.
Dr Malama said the Government is establishing and strengthening the provision of quality, comprehensive, highly specialized, and complex obstetric and gynaecologic care.
This is contained in a statement issued to Pan African Radio news by Ministry of Health
Head of Communications and External Relations officer Stanslous Ngosa.