–Government has reiterated its commitment towards the provision of quality health services to all its citizens in the country.
Mwinilunga District Commission, Irene Mate, says government has recognised health as one of the sectors that greatly contribute to the well-being of the nation and therefore remains committed to quality health service provision.
Ms Mate was speaking during the North-western provincial commemoration of the International Nurses’ Day under the theme “Nurses: A force for change- A vital resource for health” hosted by Mwinilunga district yesterday.
Provincial Zambia Union of Nurses Organization (ZUNO) Executive Committee Chairperson, Joseph Mukumbi, said strengthening primary health care is essential in addressing the challenges of diseases burden the country is facing.
Mr Mukumbi said the past decades have see changesin diseases burden especially an increase in non-communicable diseases, making both government and health professionals to shift their focus of care provision from the central health institutions to community based primary health care.
Speaking at the same function Senior Chief Kanongesha of the Lunda speaking people said the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals on health by 2015 is largely dependent on health professions who have a great responsibility of improving the health of the general populace.
Senior Chief Kanongesha urged members of the community to respect and not harass nurses in their course of duty when aggrieved but instead use normal channels to air their concerns.