TB fight gets $45 million boost


THE World Bank has given Zambia a US$45 million grant to strengthen tuberculosis (TB) programmes.
Minister of Health Chitalu Chilufya said the grant will help the country effectively implement programmes to reduce TB cases.
“Let us [KCH] address matters of the pollution in the environment to prevent diseases like TB.
“And let me take this opportunity to announce that with the partnership of the World Bank, Government has received a US$45million grant to strengthen TB programmes even in work places such as the mines,” Dr Chilufya told journalists here on Saturday after conducting a tour of Kitwe Central Hospital (KCH).
He urged the provincial medical office on the Copperbelt Province to engage with the mines on how best to tackle pollution to protect citizens from being infected with air-borne diseases like TB.
Dr Chilufya said he expects the provincial medical office to collaborate with mines and other business companies to protect citizens from pollution.
“We need to promote occupational health so that we have a healthy and productive citizenry.
“We need to engage companies that pollute the air with sulphur dioxide and explain the impact of these chemicals on our people and the environment so that policy-makers can move in to address the situation,” he said.
And Dr Chilufya said Government will continue to invest in the modernisation of hospitals like Kitwe Central Hospital and recruiting more health staff so that citizens can receive quality health care.
About 500 health personnel were recently deployed to the Copperbelt Province, where Government is also modernising and upgrading several health institutions.
Dr Chilufya challenged the health staff to reciprocate Government’s goodwill by being courteous to patients.
And Kitwe Central Hospital senior medical superintendent Joseph Musowaya called on Government to expand clinics to reduce congestion at the central hospital.
Dr Musowaya thanked Government for sending 70 health personnel to the hospital, a development he said will enhance service delivery.
“Our patients no longer have to sit and queue on benches because the hospital has put in place strategies to quickly attend to them,” he said.
Dr Chilufya later inspected Buchi Clinic, where Government is constructing a mothers’ shelter, which is almost complete.

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