By KELVIN PHIRI
ZAMBIA has continued to record a significant reduction in the number of new in HIV infections, acute malnutrition, maternal and neonatal mortality among others.
Health Minister Chitalu Chilufya explained 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.
He said that have been actualized through investment in infrastructure, human resource, strong information systems and the supply chain.
“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.
The Minister made the remarks during a conducted tour of Lusaka’s George Health Centre and was accompanied by United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) Regional Director Leila Pakkala.
The 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.
Dr. Chilufya also mentioned that government under the leadership of President Edgar Lungu places premium on partnerships.
He has since thanked all cooperating partners for the continued support in supplementing government’s efforts in the provision of quality healthcare services to the citizenry.