Zambia on course – DR CHILUFYA
By KELVIN PHIRI
THE recent investments in infrastructure, human resource, strong information systems and the supply chain in Zambia have contributed to the reduction in the number of new HIV infections, acute malnutrition, maternal and neonatal mortality among others.
Health Minister Chitalu Chilufya said that government through his ministry has set clear legacy goals aimed at reducing maternal and under five mortality cases in all parts of the country.
“This has already paid dividend in a very significant manner, we have seen a reduced admission rate for acute malnutrition because these are picked out early in the community and brought for rehabilitation. So investment in infrastructure and human capital development at community level is already helping government to deliver on its promise of achieving Universal Health Coverage,” he said.
Dr Chilufya made the remarks during a conducted tour of Lusaka’s George Health Centre.
He was accompanied by United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) Regional Director Leila Pakkala.
The George Health facility is currently receiving massive facelift under a multi-million jointly funded project by UNESCO and the European Union-EU aimed at enhancing service delivery in health institutions through infrastructural development across the country.