By KALOBWE BWALYA
ANGOLA is seeking to contract Zambian health workers to work in that country to enhance the health delivery services in the neighboring country, visiting Angolan Health Minister Silvia Lutucuta has said
Dr Lutucuta also said Zambia had many good health policies and health infrastructure which Angola can learn from and implement to promote the health of Angolans.
Speaking when she paid a courtesy call on Health Minister Dr Chitalu Chilufya at the Ministry of Health yesterday, Dr Lutucuta said she was in the country to discuss areas of cooperation in the health sector with her Zambian counterpart and to look at the possibility of contracting Zambian health workers to work in Angola.
Dr Lutucuta said Angola and Zambia shared a long boarder in North Western and Western provinces which had necessitated the two countries to find a way of strengthening cross border co-operation.
She said human resource cooperation was important because many Angolans who lived in municipalities close to the borders between the two countries often crossed into Zambia to access health services. “I am here to look at the possibility of Zambian health workers being contracted to work in Angola and I have been following what has been happening in Zambia’s health sector, therefore the collaboration should be strengthened,” said Dr Lutucuta.
And Dr Chilufya said Zambia would enhance the collaboration on the provision of health care services in the border areas especially on human capital.
Dr Chilufya said Zambia would assist Angola especially in the agenda for universal health coverage and leaving no one behind.He said Zambia had made strides in health infrastructure development through its transformation agenda, and that the country was now on the right path and poised to achieve universal access to health services for all.
“The ministry is working round the clock to ensure that the whole continuum of health care is financed adequately,” he said, adding that since Zambia and Angola shared a common border line, they also had a common disease burden.
Dr Lutucuta later toured the University Teaching Hospital (UTH) New Cath Laboratory, Cancer Diseases Hospital and training centre, Public Health Institute and Levy Mwanawasa Medical University.