Deputy Minister of Health Patrick Chikusu has called on the health personnel in the country to exhibit high standards of service delivery to the people.
Dr. Chikusu said the Patriotic Front (PF) government was in a hurry to efficiently deliver quality health services to the people.
He said government was aware that Zambia has a deficit of 22,000 medical personnel and that was why it has this year budgeted about K35 billion for recruiting more personnel.
He said this in Lusaka today when he paid a courtesy call on Lusaka Province Permanent Secretary Emelda Chola and visited the Lusaka Provincial Health Office and Lusaka District Health offices.
Dr. Chikusu said government was concerned about human resources and service delivery in the health sector since health was one major factor contributing to national development.
He warned the medical personnel to refrain from involving themselves in personal activities at the expense of attending to patients.
Dr. Chikusu said the health personnel must at all times exhibit high levels of professionalism and cautioned them not to allow non professional staff to have access to medical files.
He further advised that in case of any referral, the officer in charge should find effective means of letting files for patients reach the referral centre in question instead of allowing patients to move around with them.
And Lusaka Province Permanent Secretary Brigadier General Emelda Chola said she was glad that government has plans to increase the number of nurses and other health personnel in the country.
Brig. Gen. Chola noted that government has an ambitious programme for health service delivery and has so far seen a lot being done.
She said most rural areas have many health centres due to the efforts that government was putting in the health sector.
Dr. Chikusu paid a courtesy call on Brig. Gen. Chola ahead of his planned tours of district health facilities in Lusaka province that he is scheduled to embark on next week.
The Deputy Minister was also on a mission to acquaint himself with challenges that the health personnel in the country are faced with.