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State sure of attaining 3 MDGs

By SHIKANDA SILUNGWE
GOVERNMENT is confident that the country will attain three Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) on health by next year, Ministry of Health permanent secretary Davy Chikamata has said.
Dr Chikamata said healthcare providers are striving to attain all the three MDGs on health by 2015.
He said this in a speech read for him by Livingstone district commissioner Omar Munsanje in Livingstone on Wednesday during the official opening of a Southern Province quality improvement conference held under the theme: “Finding Local Solutions in Resolving Local Problems Through Quality Management Programmes.”
Dr Chikamata cited MDGs four, five and six on reducing child mortality, improving maternal health and combating HIV and AIDS, malaria and other diseases as the three goals to be achieved on health.
He expressed happiness with the commitment of health practitioners in the provision of quality healthcare to help attain all MDGs.
Dr Chikamata thanked health service providers for their commitment to providing quality healthcare in line with Government’s policy of having a healthy nation.
“Quality health care is cardinal to the Ministry of Health and the country as a whole because a health nation is a developed nation,” he said.
Dr Chikamata said Government is working with local and international partners to strengthen strategies that will help to achieve the goals of the National Health Strategic Plan (NHSP) and MDGs.
He said appropriate levels of commitment and support from co-operating partners would substantially improve the health status of Zambians and significantly contribute to national development.
Dr Chikamata implored medical practitioners to implement mechanisms that would sustain quality improvement in the country.
“We don’t want to have quality health service just for a short time, but we want it to go on for a long time,” he said.
Dr Chikamata advised medical practitioners to ensure patients receive the care they need and that this must be delivered consistently in line with national guidelines.
“The care delivered must produce the desired positive effect on the patient’s health and general wellbeing,” He said.

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