Minister of Health Chitalu Chilufya says government has made progress in meeting most of its target goals aimed at improving the delivery of health care services to people across the country.
Dr. Chilufya cited the recruitment of more than 15,000 out of the 30000 targeted health workers by 2021, the training of 500 specialised doctors and the construction of 6 specialized hospitals as some of the strives made so far towards improving the provision of health services.
The Minister said this in a speech read for him by Deputy Director Clinical Care and Diagnostic Services Daniel Makawa during the Zambia Paediatric Association (ZPA) symposium held in Lusaka today.
He said that this is because a healthy population is key in achieving sustainable economic development for the country, hence the need to intensify health service delivery in the country.
He explained that the Seventh National Development Plan (7NDP) clearly identifies human development as a cornerstone to social and economic development, adding that this is why government will continue to provide access to health care services as close to the family as possible.
Dr. Chilufya further reaffirmed that the Ministry of Health is also implementing the National Health Strategic Plan (NHSP) 2017-2021 which indicates that health is a key economic investment and not a social investment.
And Zambia Paediatric Association President John Musuku has called on government to ensure that specialised treatment services especially among children are spread across the country, adding that epidemic control has continued to remain a challenge due to lack of specialised services in most health care facilities in rural areas.
Dr. Musuku said it is for this reason that government is being entrusted to ensure that all health facilities being built are equipped with the necessary equipment and personal such as paediatricians as a way of reducing maternal and neonatal deaths in the country.
He further pledged ZPA’s support to government towards offering guidance on decisions regarding the implementation of the NHSP.