‘South getting share of health services’


DEPUTY Minister of Health Chitalu Chilufya has reassured the people of Southern Province that they will have equal access to quality healthcare services.
Dr Chilufya said the government is determined to provide quality and cost-effective healthcare services to all citizens regardless of their political affiliation and geographical location.
He said this in Choma on Wednesday when he paid a courtesy call on Southern Province Minister Nathaniel Mubukwanu.
“The Patriotic Front government is determined to ensure equitable access and cost effective health services as close to the people of Southern Province as possible and to this effect, we are building infrastructure to cover the whole continuum of care. We are building health posts countrywide,” Dr Chilufya said.
And Dr Chilufya said Government is impressed with the progress made on the construction of 99 health posts in Southern Province.
He said three of the 99 health posts, which are at superstructure stage, are scheduled for completion and commissioning next month.
He said the project is part of Government’s ambitious programme to build 650 health posts countrywide.
“We are happy to note that 31 substructures [foundation] have been completed and three superstructures have been completed, we expect the three that have been completed to be commissioned in October,” Dr Chilufya said.
He is also happy that the construction of phase one of district hospitals in Gwembe, Namwala and Kalomo have been completed.
Mr Mubukwanu said the construction of the 99 health posts in the region is a clear demonstration of the government’s commitment to providing healthcare services to all citizens regardless of the political affiliation.
“The construction of the hospitals dispels assertions by politicians that this area [Southern Province] being predominantly an opposition stronghold is not having a fair share of healthcare but to the contrary there are a number of projects,” he said.

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