11 January 2013

Zambia: U.S.$ 29 Million Set Aside to Boost Health Delivery

GOVERNMENT has set aside US$29 million to help improve staffing, specialisation skills among health staff and complete the modernisation of major hospitals and health centres nationwide.

Health Minister Joseph Kasonde confirmed the development at a media briefing in Ndola yesterday shortly before he met with management at Ndola Central Hospital (NCH) and Arthur Davison Children's Hospital (ADH).

Dr Kasonde said the US$29 million was a constitution of funds from the 2013 budgetary allocation, the $750 million Euro Bond and donor funding sourced from the government of Saudi Arabia.

"This year Government has set aside $29 million for improving the quality of health personnel and completing the hospital modernisation process and this money was gathered from donor funding from the Government of Saudi Arabia, the recently acquired Euro Bond from the Ministry of Finance and other budgetary allocations," Dr Kasonde said.

He reiterated that health provision was a fundamental human exercise and as such the State had set out to increase the number of specialised personnel and to also ensure that health institutions in the country were clean, caring and run by competent personnel.

Meanwhile, Government has successfully contained the cholera outbreak that has claimed four lives and left more than 35 admitted to hospitals in Luapula Province.

"We have taken control of the cholera outbreak in Luapula Province and there will be no more outbreaks," he said.

He dismissed claims that the outbreak was as a result of the influx of refugees entering the country from neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), saying people should adhere to health regulations so as to maintain a safe and hygienic environment.

Copyright © 2013 The Times of Zambia. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 2,000 reports a day from more than 130 news organizations and over 200 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.