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Health sector receiving attention

Health permanent secretary Davy Chikamata (on the right) during the handover ceremony of the cold chain equipment. To the left is Zambia National Blood Transfusion Services medical director Joseph Mulenga. PICTURE: MWAPE MWENYA

THE health sector has continued receiving significant attention aimed at strengthening infrastructure development, equipment and technologies, Ministry of Health permanent secretary Davy Chikamata has stated.
Dr Chikamata said more focus is being centred on health systems in an effort to improve the lives and standards of citizens countrywide.
He was speaking when he handed over assorted cold chain equipment to the Zambia National Blood Transfusion Services (ZNBTS) valued at K4.8 million last week.
The equipment include 500 small blood cooler boxes for transportation of blood from the blood banks to the wards within hospitals,12 large plasma freezers, and 20 large blood bank refrigerators for storage of blood and blood products.
“This consignment of equipment has been procured by Government under the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria programme through the United National Development Programme (UNDP) procurement unit,” Dr Chikamata said.
He said Government will continue delivering the national health vision of ensuring equity of access to quality and cost effective health services as close to families as possible.
Dr Chikamata said strengthening of blood transfusion services has continued receiving attention from Government.
“Safe blood transfusion is a critical component of any well-functioning health system, it plays a pivotal role in prevention, treatment and care for various health conditions, it is an essential lifesaving medical intervention towards the attainment of national health objectives and MDGs,” he said.
He said Government will ensure that equity of access to safe, quality and cost effective blood transfusion services countrywide.
Dr Chikamata however stated that shortage of staff remains a challenge for ZNBTS making it difficult to effectively respond to the increasing demands for blood and blood products.

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