By JAMES KUNDA -
GOVERNMENT says realigning the Ministry of Health with the Ministry of Community Development will reduce morbidity and mortality rates in Zambia.
Morbidity is the rate of incidence of a disease, while mortality denotes the number of deaths in a given period.
Community Development, Mother and Child Health Minister Joseph Katema said the realignment of both ministries would improve access to integrated healthcare services and reduce infant and maternal mortality rates.
Dr Katema said this in Ndola yesterday when he addressed provincial health and district heads based on the Copperbelt.
"Realignment of the two ministries will improve efficiency in the health sector, thereby reducing morbidity and mortality among the general public," he said.
He said the realignment of the two ministries was also in line with Government's decentralisation policy which outlines the State's will to deliver quality health services to the people in far-flung areas.
Dr Katema said Government had set out to implement a strong referral system that would improve primary healthcare services from grassroot level.
He said the Government had observed that the poor decisions made at the grassroots level were the root cause of the high infant and maternal mortality rates in the country.
"The decisions made at grassroots level contribute to the high infant mortality rates in the country, that's why as Government we want to strengthen our linkages with the community," he said.
Dr Katema called on leaders in the health sector to work together in implementing programmes that would realise the aspirations of a disease-free nation.