Govt appreciates cooperating partners’ support in the health sector

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Government  says it appreciates the cooperating partners’ support in improving the health services.


Western Province Permanent Secretary Emmanuel Mwamba says government was thankful for the various efforts by the cooperating partners aimed at improving the health sector.


Mr. Mwamba said among  such programmes being done by the cooperating partners is the training of medical personnel in capacity building in hospitals which he said was essential in the provision of health services.


ZANIS reports from Mongu District that the Permanent Secretary said this today when he addressed a team of medical staff from Okanagan Zambia Health Initiative (OKAZHI) organization based at the University of British Columbia.


The Team is  working  in conjunction  with  the Lewanika General Hospital through the offering of capacity building trainings of medical staffs when they paid a courtesy call to his office yesterday.


He said health personnel in Zambian hospitals need to be patted on the back for the tireless effort made in saving human life in an environment that is at times not conducive.


Meanwhile Lewanika General Hospital Medical Superintendent Dr Andrew Silumesi says the staff attitude at the hospital has improved after the training by OKAZHI.


And Delegation team leader Jessica Barker said improvement are visible in areas such as making the children’s ward habitable and the pharmacy more operational.


 The PF government in its manifesto says good health is an essential prerequisite for national development.


The role of the health services is to promote health, prevent disease and injury, treat and rehabilitate the sick and injured. The Health Care services consists of six main domains, namely service delivery, human resources, medicines and technology, health financing, health information systems and leadership and governance.

The manifesto says that recognizing the grave state of the current health services provision in Zambia, the PF government shall increase the budgetary allocation from the current levels to at least 15% of the national budget in accordance with the Abuja protocols and ensure actual releases.