11 December 2012

Zambia: Healthy Nation Vital for Development, Says Chikusu

HEALTH Deputy Minister Patrick Chikusu says a healthy nation is vital for the development of the country.

Dr Chikusu said good health impacts a lot on national development, adding that the lack of it slows down the process.

The deputy minister said this when he donated assorted items to a mother of triplets in Chunga Ward of Katuba Constituency in Chibombo District yesterday.

Among the donated items were baby blankets, food stuffs, washing basin and buckets including K500,000 cash.

Dr Chikusu said it is important for every expectant mother to be frequenting health facilities for check-ups as this would help them in having safe deliveries.

He said his ministry focuses on three factors which include cleanliness, competence and care being the top priority.

The deputy minister condemned negative attitudes towards patients by some medical personnel, adding that it is for this reason that the ministry has established a technical committee which is looking into various attitudes of health workers.

He said the move would enable the ministry to ensure that patients are well-taken-care-of.

Dr Chikusu further advised health workers to exhibit maximum kindness, patience and care to all patients so that standards of health care could be uplifted.

He reiterated Government's commitment to ensuring the health services are manned by highly qualified manpower.

Dr Chikusu said this was the reason Government spent K77 billion this year on recruiting of health personnel, adding that the ministry would further spend about K35 billion in 2013 on recruiting specialist doctors.

The deputy minister on the other hand, thanked President Michael Sata on behalf of the people in Chibombo District for having divided it by creating Chisamba District.

He said the move was an improvement in making effective service delivery to the people and that it would also contribute to job creation.

And mother of one-month-old triplets Miriam Katongo said she was happy with the care given to her at University Teaching Hospital (UTH) at the time of delivery.

She, however, said she was finding challenges in feeding her babies as they needed a lot of milk, adding that in the last one month, she has used about 11 to 12 tins of milk.

The babies are a set of two boys and a girl.

The deputy minister was accompanied to Chibombo by his wife.

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