Health Minister Dr. Chitalu Chilufya says investing in disease intelligence surveillance is key to safeguarding economic gains that African Countries have made.
Dr Chilufya says it is important that countries invest in robust health security measures to shield the economic development programmes from any shocks.
The Minister was speaking when a delegation from Malawi led by Chief Director for Health Permanent Secretary Dr Charles Mwansambo.
The Delegation is on a benchmarking visit to the Zambia National Public Health Institute, which is the host of the Africa Center for Disease Control and prevention Southern Africa Regional Collaborating Centre.
And Dr Mwansambo said Malawi appreciates Zambia’s support to the response of the public health event caused by Cyclone Idai.
Dr Mwansambo said the tour to Zambia has given Malawi an insight and good ground to establish its own Public Health Institute.