By KETRA KALUNGA
THE Patriotic Front government’s health agenda, under the leadership of President Edgar Lungu, is to prioritise attainment of Universal Health Coverage in the nation, Health Minister, Chitalu Chilufya, has said.
Dr Chilufya said attainment of Universal Health Coverage would mean that all Zambians will have access to quality health services. He said the attainment of the Universal Health Coverage agenda did not only require improving infrastructure but also the human resource responsible for health services delivery.
Dr Chilufya was speaking during the third combined graduation ceremony for 296 nurses and midwives from the Kabwe College of Nursing and Midwifery, Agape and Chitambo School of Nursing, held at the Mulungushi Rock of Authority.
He said the country should endeavour to train highly competent and qualified human resource in order to translate the Universal Health Coverage into actual service delivery.
And Dr. Chilufya has disclosed that all the 296 nurses and midwives from private and public institutions who graduated would be immediately employed.
Dr. Chilufya said employing the 296 nurses and midwives would help bridge the 42 percent gap in the health sector.
“The PF agenda is clear, we are building hospitals, mini hospitals and health posts. We are training and recruiting health workers,” said Dr Chilufya.
And Central Province Minister, Sydney Mushanga, appealed to the Ministry of Health to improve infrastructure at the Kabwe School of Nursing and Midwifery and help mitigate transport challenges at Chitambo School of Nursing.
“Minister I am asking, through you, to help Kabwe School of Nursing and Midwifery with additional hostels, lecture theatre and a laboratory and Chitambo School of Nursing with accommodation and transport,” said Mr Mushanga.