Sweden pledges support to health sector

Joseph Katema
THE Swedish Government has pledged to help the health sector in Zambia by providing funding to better the infrastructure and equipment in hospitals.

Swedish Minister of Health and Social Affairs Goran Hagglund said he had heard of the challenges that Kafue District Hospital and Kafue Clinic were going through and that his Government would consider bailing out the two institutions.
Mr Hagglund said this when he toured Kafue District Hospital and clinic in Kafue yesterday.
He said the Swedish government had always been interested in health issues especially in countries like Zambia which it shared a long standing partnership.
“Zambia has made good progress over the years. We are happy to have come to tour the facility and we have heard of the challenges they are facing such as no vehicles, no ambulances and others like poor infrastructure.
“We will go back and try to see ways in which we can assist especially in infrastructure and reducing child mortality rate. When every country’s economy is growing, it is important that they make progress in the health sector as it is very important and affects everyone,” he said.
Community Development Mother and Child Health Minister Joseph Katema said he was happy with the partnership the country had with the Swedish government.
Dr Katema said he was confident that the Swedish government would render the support the sector needed.
And Kafue District Medical Officer Whyson Munga said the District hospital was doing well in the Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission.

Times of Zambia