ALVIN CHIINGA, Lusaka
MINISTER of Health Chitalu Chilufya says the World Health Organisation (WHO) framework for strengthening health systems for universal health coverage in the African region is timely and strategic.
Dr Chilufya said the achievement of universal health coverage is a key aspiration of the Zambian government.
This is contained in a presentation read on his behalf by Ministry of Health permanent secretary Jabbin Mulwanda at a panel discussion on the launch of the framework for strengthening health systems for universal coverage and sustainable development goals at the on-going WHO 67th regional commitment meeting in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.
According to a statement issued by Ministry of Health head- communication and external relations Stanslous Ngosa, Dr Chilufya said universal health coverage is when people and communities use preventive, curative, rehabilitative, and palliative health services they need.
He said the strategic aim of universal health coverage is to ensure everyone accesses health services without risk of financial ruin or impoverishment despite their socio-economic status.
Dr Chilufya said the over-arching concept of universal health coverage takes a broad view of the services that are needed for good health and well-being.
He urged WHO and other partners to ensure coherence in policies and programmes that are put in place, as doing so will lead to quality health service delivery.
Dr Chilufya said Zambia wants to see integration of all policies and programmes that work towards attaining universal health cover-age in the African region and Zambia in particular.