Government says it is saddened at the country’s high infant, neonatal and under five mortality rates that currently stood at 70,34 and 119 per 1,000 live births respectively.
Coperbelt Province Minister Mr. Bowman Lusambo said government had embarked on expansion of health care training institutions in an effort to ensure delivery of quality health services to the children and the general public.
The minister was speaking at the commemoration of World Pre-Maturity day at Arthur Davison Children’s Hospital (ADCH) in Ndola today.
Mr. Lusambo in a speech read for him by Ndola District Administrator George Chisulo said government will continue to support child health care noting that children were a future bed-rock for the economy of this country.
Arthur Davison School of Pediatrics was opened this month in a bid to ensure child health care was of high quality at all times.
Speaking earlier, ADCH Senior Medical Superintendent Jonathan Mwansa said it was a duty of health care workers to provide and facilitate a conducive environment in which new borns could thrive and grow into a productive citizen of this country.
Dr. Mwansa explained that activities such as World Prematurity Day would go a long way to help reduce high mortality rates the country was faced with.
He noted that ADCH offered neonatal and new born care services not only to the people of Ndola but the entire Copperbelt, North-Western, Muchinga, Northern, Luapula, some parts of Central province and part of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
The World Prematurity Day was set aside by the World Health Organisation two years ago to commemorate and sensitize various communities about prematurity and premature babies.
This year’s commemoration was held under the theme “Let them thrive”.