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‘Government committed to mother, child health’

FROM Left: UNICEF Health Specialist Rodger Mwale, Path Zambia director O'brien Mashinkila , Ministry of Community Development Mother and Child director Caroline Phiri, World Vision Advocacy and Communication director Wanga Saili and Parliamentary Committee on Health Chairman Likando Mufalali during the launch of ALLIANCE FOR MATERNAL NEO-NATAL AND CHILD HEALTH yesterday. PICTURE:COLLINS PHIRI.

HILDAH MWAPE, Lusaka
GOVERNMENT has pledged to improve mother and child health in Zambia to reduce maternal deaths by the end of this year.
In a speech read by Ministry of Community Development, Mother and Child Health director of community development Caroline Phiri, permanent secretary Elwyn Chomba said Government is strengthening accountability and accelerating reduction of maternal newborn and child health.
Speaking during the Zambia Alliance for Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health luncheon in Lusaka recently, Ms Chomba said Government is aware of the gaps in the health sector involving mothers and children, hence the need to address issues of maternal, neonatal and child health strategies.
She said Government is putting up interventions that can address challenges surrounding women’s health.
Ms Chomba said investing in mother and child health is is crucial in achieving the United Nations’ millennium development goals.
And speaking at the same event, committee on health and community development chairperson Likando Mufalali said it is pleasing to see the formation of an alliance to deal with challenges of mothers and children in particular.
“There is serious need to improve health facilities of the country’s major population because they contribute more in various sectors,” Mr Mufalali said.
And World Vision Zambia, director of advocacy and communications Wanga Saili, on behalf of national director Michael Vietenhans,  said Government should consider an increase in resources allocation in the health sector at least to 15 percent of the national budget.
“Maternal health should be given particular focus to see an improvement in children’s health services,” Ms Saili said.

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