The Ministry of Health has introduced minimum health care standards for all medical institutions to enable them provide quality health services to the public.
Speaking during the launch of National Health Care standards (NHCS) in North Western Province held today at Solwezi lodge, Provincial Medical Officer (PMO) Aspha Chonga stated that the government recognizes the need to strengthen health care provision and regulation.
Dr Chonga stressed that in developing the minimum standards, all public and private healthcare facilities are subject to uniform standards according to the new healthcare tier system.
Senior Inspections Officer who was representing the registrar Mr. Griffin Banda said government demands accountability from the Health Care Professions Council of Zambia regarding the quality of health services being provided to both private and public health facilities.
Mr Banda emphasized that the national health care standards Council was concerned with inadequate funding at health facility level and safety measures adding that it is for this reason that the minimum standards has been introduced in North Western Province.
The NHCS will regulate the conduct of health practitioners and health facilities throughout the country.
The launch was attended by nurses and doctors and other health personnel from all the districts of North Western Province.