Health Minister Chitalu Chilufya says the successes in the health sector scored by the Patriotic Front government are a milestone and legacy never seen under any other Presidency.
Dr. Chilufya says the PF government has built close to 5-hundred primary healthcare infrastructure and is in the process of building six tertiary hospitals while in excess of 45 new district hospitals are at different levels of completion.
He said this when he delivered a statement on Universal Health Coverage; lessons from countries at the ongoing 69th session of the World Health Organisation –WHO- regional committee for Africa meeting in Congo – Brazzaville.
Dr. Chilufya said countries would be safer places to live in when they invest in health systems that assure health for all, reduce inequalities and also protect citizens from public health emergencies and diseases.
He told delegates at the meeting that in Zambia, President EDGAR LUNGU is providing transformational leadership by rebuilding health systems in pursuit of Universal Health Coverage anchored on primary health care which is community integrated.
Dr. Chilufya further said in order for Africa to drive its development agenda, it is important to shield itself from shocks of epidemics and health emergencies.
He also informed health ministers from across Africa attending the meeting that President Lungu is addressing the new epidemic of Non communicable Diseases by steering a social movement for physical activity while urging the public to ensure critical focus on nutrition.