Govt calls for more time in management courses in nursing schools

A nurse at a hospital in the Kasama district of northern Zambia prepares to insert a birth control implant.
A nurse at a hospital in the Kasama district of northern Zambia prepares to insert a birth control implant.

Government  has urged  nursing schools in the country to allocate more time to management courses.


Community development , Mother and Child Health minister Joseph Katema says  management is an important component in government plans of modernizing the health service delivery to the people.


Dr.Katema  was speaking yesterday when he toured St. Francis Mission Hospital and later met with management staff.


He observed that management skills will help government in its modernization process of machinery and expansion of the health sector.


Dr. Katema said government has embarked on improving standards in the nursing training institution in order to create a cadre of staff that will be ready to work in the expanded health infrastructure systems and operate modernized machinery effectively.


“ Government is still working towards introducing the performance based financing for health institutions, “ he said.


He explained that this will help government distribute resources according to the needs of a particular community.


He said that government wants to ensure that institutions get funding according to its performance as this will help in equal distribution of resources.


He said this will further give control and substantial decision rights to health institutions on their spending patterns.

Meanwhile,  St. Francis Mission Hospital Superintendent Dr. Simon Chisi thanked government for the continued support to the hospital.


Dr. Chisi said last year St. Francis Mission hospital was happy to receive its monthly grant for eleven months out of twelve months in a year.


 He explained that the hospital also successfully attended to Nine thousand four hundred and eighteen with twenty five thousand patients being admitted.


Furthermore the hospital treated three thousand four hundred and twenty one cervical cancer patients.


The Medical superintendent however thanked government for quickly responding to the challenge of power supply by financing towards the purchase of a generator set as the district at times faces power outages which affects the smooth running of some hospital equipment.


He has since called on government to give authority for the hospital to employ staff on government pay roll as most of the staff is currently working on contract and voluntary basis.