Government has set aside 1 million Kwacha Rebased to be disbursed to hospices for the provision of health care to the chronically ill in the country.
Minister of Health, Joseph Kasonde says government recognizes the role that hospices mostly managed by the church play in the provision of health care to patients.
Dr. Kasonde said his Ministry is aware of the emergency of Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) in the country and has started putting in place measures to address the challenges of the diseases with partners.
He noted that diseases such as Diabetes, Cancer and Tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS have escalated in the country.
Dr. Kasonde was speaking when he officially opened the 6th Biennial Africa Christian Health Associations (CHAs) Conference in Lusaka today.
And speaking earlier, World Health Organization (WHO) Country Representative Olusegun Babaniyi has warned that the number of NCDs is expected to rise if measures are not put in place to address the diseases.
Dr. Babaniyi has noted that addressing the burden of NCDs will require countries to develop relevant policies, plans and health system in order to deliver essential services.