–Health Deputy Minister, Christopher Mulenga, has disclosed that government has procured 202 ambulances and medical equipment to be distributed to all hospitals and other health facilities throughout the country.
And Southern Province Minister, Daniel Munkombwe, has commended President Michael Sata for allocating 99 health posts to be constructed in his province out of the long awaited 650 under the India credit facility.
Meanwhile, outgoing Southern Province Medical Officer, Lutangu Alisheke, has disclosed that Phase One of the constructions of Gwembe and Kalomo district hospitals have begun.
Speaking after a conducted tour of the newly constructed Choma General Hospital in Choma District today, Mr Mulenga said 202 ambulances, utility vehicles and medical equipment will start arriving in the country by June this year.
He explained that the move is aimed at enhancing referral health services and efficiency in the delivery of health services throughout the country.
Mr Mulenga, who is also PF Chinsali Central Member of Parliament, further explained that ambulances will assist the country to expeditiously deal with medical emergency services especially accidents and other related medical complications.
He noted that most of the victims that have died in the recent occurrences of fatal road accidents would have been saved if the country had an efficient emergency medical response.
Mr Mulenga said preliminary findings by his ministry revealed that most of the victims died from bleeding, hence could have been saved had medical personnel arrived at the accident scene on time.
Earlier, Southern Province Minister, Daniel Munkombwe, commended President Michael Sata for allocating 99 health posts to be constructed in the province from 650 under the India credit facility.
Mr Munkombwe said the people of Southern Province are grateful to President Sata’s gesture of allocating the highest number of health posts despite the PF party failing to win a seat in the 2011 tripartite elections.
He implored Zambians not to judge the province by the behaviour of some named disgruntled politicians who hail from the region.
At the same meeting, outgoing Southern Province Medical Officer, Lutangu Alisheke disclosed that Phase One of the construction of Gwembe and Kalomo district hospitals had begun.
Dr Alisheke said the contractors for the two projects have already started civil works while the Ministry of Health is yet to select a contractor to start the construction of Kazungula district hospital.
He explained that construction works for Kazungula district hospital delayed due to protracted debates on the proposed site for the project hence forcing the ministry to halt the process.
Mr Mulenga is in the province to check on new and ongoing construction works of health facilities.
He has since toured Mazabuka, Monze, Namwala, Choma and Kaloma districts in Southern Province following President Sata’s directive to ministers to regularly tour provinces to understand and appreciate the challenges of the people so that government can act accordingly.