By MWAPE MWENYA
GOVERNMENT says clinical care meetings and mentorship are vital in delivering quality health care services.
Deputy minister of Health Chitalu Chilufya has urged senior medical practitioners to regularly hold clinical meetings to improve delivery services to communities.
Dr Chilufya was speaking when he visited Zambezi District Hospital on his tour of the district to check on quality service delivery, human resource and infrastructure of health centres.
â€œClinical meetings are critical in health service delivery, they should be held weekly with everybody so that team work can be enhanced,â€ Dr Chilufya said.
He said with issues of Ebola virus, it is important that technocrats such as doctors hold meetings on how best to control and contain the disease.
â€œDo not confine yourselves to administrative works only, you should mentor colleagues you are working with, empathises should be on improved service delivery,â€ he said.
Dr Chilufya said clinical meetings will also help reduce maternal deaths as health personal will give right information to mothers in communities.
He said North Western province especially Zambezi district has been recording high maternal and infant mortality rates.
And Zambezi District Medical Officer Chamileke Ncomba said he will work at bridging the gaps that contribute to inadequate service delivery.
â€œWe have been holding clinical meetings but not as regularly as the minister has emphasised, we shall embrace team work that will improve service delivery,â€ Dr Ncomba said.
Meanwhile Dr Ncomba has praised Government for the new ambulance which he said will help improve the referral system. Lack of transport especially in the western part of the district has contributed to high mortality rates.
â€œThe terrain on the west banks of Zambezi is very bad and it is far making it difficult for expectant mothers. The availability of this ambulance will surely reduce maternal deaths,â€ he said.
By MWAPE MWENYA