Minister of Health, Chitalu Chilufya says government will construct a mini hospital at Mukobeko Maximum Correctional Facility to address the inadequate health infrastructure.
Speaking after touring the clinic at the correctional facility yesterday, Dr Chitalu said government pursues a transformative agenda without leaving anyone behind.
Dr. Chilufya stated that provision of health services at correctional facilities are an integral part of the country’s health system hence government will build a 40 bed mini hospital at Mukobeko.
“We are going to work together with our colleagues from Ministry Of Home Affairs to strengthen health services in correctional services,” he said.
Dr. Chilufya also announced that government will immediately deliver an ambulance to Mukobeko Maximum Correctional Facility.
He added that government will further second a minimum of two medical doctors and ten nurses to the facility in order to effectively manage provision of health services to both the inmates and members of the public.
And Dr. Chilufya noted that the introduction of routine testing for Tuberculosis (TB) has led to improved diagnostic and curative rates at the facility.
Meanwhile, Dr Chilufya said government has made it a policy to have zero tolerance to drugs stock-outs at all health facilities in the country.
He said this has been reaffirmed by the increased budgetary allocation for medicine adding that government in collaboration with its partners has ensured that essential drugs such as ARVs and malaria drugs are adequately stocked.
Dr. Chilufya also disclosed that a drugs hub will be established in Central Province which will be housed at Kabwe Central Hospital for a steady supply of medicines in the area.