Minister of Health Joseph Kasonde has said community health workers and assistants have continued to face transport challenges in the country.
Dr. Kasonde however said government was working hard to address the transport problems which he said had adversely affected the delivery of quality health care services to the communities.
He said transport played an essential role in facilitating the referral of patients in different levels of health care and the transportation of personnel, goods and services.
He was speaking in a speech read on his behalf by Ministry of Health Director of Technical Services and Support Daniel Mulenga at the official handover of 650 bicycles from the Churches Health Association of Zambia (CHAZ) to the Ministry of Health in Lusaka today.
Dr. Kasonde said the bicycles will be used in maintaining and expanding treatment, care and support for people living with HIV and those affected by AIDS in various communities.
Earlier, CHAZ Executive Director Karen Sichinga disclosed that today’s donation was part of the 3,000 bicycles which were purchased under the global fund programme in Zambia at a cost of $55,000.
Mrs. Sichinga said her organisation was committed to ensuring that community health workers were well empowered so that they could carry out their services diligently.