OUR STRIDES TO IMPROVE HEALTH CARE – SATA

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Today I wish to share with you our Government’s efforts aimed at affording more Zambians access to specialized quality health care services. During 2013, our Government allocated K204 million to the Ministry of Health for the upgrading and modernization of the following hospitals:

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1. University Teaching Hospital: shall be upgraded and modernized into a super specialized hospital. Works to include construction of adult medical emergency unit (AMEU), rehabilitation of existing wards and new surgical ward block, oxygen piping, water supply, maternity, central ventilation systems and infrastructure on Central Sterilising Supply Department (CSSD) among others.

2. Livingstone Hospital: upgrading and equipping to transform it into teaching hospital;

3. Ndola Central Hospital: upgrading and equipping to transform it into teaching hospital;

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4. Kitwe Central Hospital: upgrading and equipping to transform it into teaching hospital.

You may also wish to know that equipment is under procurement for all the four hospitals as follows: theatre equipment; prosthetics and orthotics; physiotherapy equipment; pediatrics equipment; outpatient equipment; opthamology equipment; mental health equipment; internal medicine equipment; ICU equipment; dental equipment; blood transfusion equipment; laboratory and imaging equipment.

In addition our Government has prioritized the provision of essential medicines to improve the availability and accessibility of basic essential medicines for our people. An improvement in the distribution system is being implemented with the opening of the Choma, Chipata and Mongu hubs.

In this vein our Government has for 2014 increased its budget to K635 million for essential medicines, especially for ARVs and malaria medicines that have seen unprecedented increase in allocation for ARVs from US$10 million in 2010 to US$42 million in 2014.

I wish to reaffirm our Government’s commitment to re-organise the health sector to ensure significant improvement in service delivery in a clean, caring and competent environment in order to create a better Zambia for all. MCS- 17/04/14

 

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