PRESS STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MINISTRY OF HEALTH

30TH August 2017

PRESS STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

After realising that many Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) went undetected and untreated, Zambia has moved towards improved case management based on risk assessment and laboratory confirmation.

The country has adopted the syndromic management of approach from the World Health Organisation in the 1990s.

This is according to the ministerial statement on global health sector strategy on sexually transmitted infections, 2016–2021: implementation framework for the African region presented at the on-going the 67th session of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Committee for Africa.

Ministry of Health Permanent Secretary Jabbin Mulwanda presented the statement on behalf of the Republic of Zambia to the World Health Organisation’s 67th Regional Committee for Africa meeting on 28th August 2017 at Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.

The WHO Regional Committee for Africa is the Organization’s governing body in the African Region. There are currently 47 Member States in the region.

It is the annual flagship meeting of ministers of health from the Region during which they discuss and agree on a range of strategies and actions to tackle public health challenges in the African Region.

As the highest decision-making body on health, its decisions have over the years contributed immensely towards improving the health and well-being of people in our Region

Dr Mulwanda stated that the Zambian Health sector was undergoing transformation and has since shifted from a curative based approach to a health promotion and disease prevention approach.

Further, prevention and control of STIs have now been integrated into other programmes such as Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health where screening and treatment for Syphilis; and testing, counselling and treatment for HIV are now routinely done.

Condom promotion and distribution have been intensified within the communities and sexuality education has been introduced in Zambian primary schools to improve on health education and health promotion among the youth.

In addition, that the Ministry is in the process of scaling up vaccination of girls against the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) countrywide as a means of preventing cervical cancer among women. This is coupled with ongoing intensified national campaigns for Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision.

The Ministry of Health provides free health care services for HIV/AIDS, STIs and other related reproductive health services.

Zambia has expressed her commitment to contributing to ending STI outbreaks and epidemics as major public health concerns by 2030 in the African Region and therefore endorses the adoption of the regional implementation framework.

ISSUED BY

STANSLOUS NGOSA
MOH HEAD-COMMUNICATION & EXTERNAL RELATIONS

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