Government will this year send 160 medical personnel to Eastern Province to supplement the 132 health staff that were sent to the region in 2012.
Deputy Minister of Health, Christopher Mulenga, said Eastern province, like many other parts of Zambia, requires more medical personnel to improve health services delivery.
He said Chadiza district would be priority in receiving the medical personnel because of the new district hospital.
Mr. Mulenga was speaking when he officially opened Chadiza District Hospital in Chadiza today.
He observed that more positions shall be created in the district so that key personnel at the hospital were in place.
“I am happy that Eastern Province received a total of 132 medical personnel in 2012 compared to 54 in 2011, taking the total staffing levels to 2,660 of the 3,095 staff establishment,’’ Mr. Mulenga said.
The Deputy Minister said he was reliably informed that appropriate personnel have been mobilised to operationalize the new hospital although there were still positions that remained unfilled.
Mr. Mulenga also noted that government was increasing medical personnel outputs from existing training institutions through infrastructure improvement, re-opening previously closed training institutions, encouraging Public-Private Partnership and introducting new training
programmes among other interventions.
‘’ We shall soon provide ambulances and utility vehicles to all districts in the country, Chadiza inclusive. Availability of drugs and medical supplies has improved in the country in general and Eastern Province in particular and government shall endeavour to ensure that it improves on the current status even further,’’ he said.
And Chief Mlolo of the Chewa people in Chadiza called on government to employ local people in non skilled positions.
Chief Mlolo, in whose jurisdiction the hospital is located, complained that there was a tendency by government and other institutions of employing even Classified Daily Employees from
outside the district.
The ceremony was attended by chiefs Mlolo, Zingalume, Pembamoyo, Vubwi and Chadiza Members of Parliament Allan Mbewe and Eustarckio Kazonga, including several provincial heads of government department and parastatals.