ALVIN CHIINGA, Mpika
DEPUTY Minister of Health Chitalu Chilufya has warned health workers across the country against reporting for work late and absenteeism, saying those found wanting will be dealt with severely.
Dr Chilufya says the tendency, if not curbed, could make the health delivery system collapse.
â€œWe will not allow a situation where health workers report for work at their own time as this is a recipe for poor service delivery among health workers,â€ he said after a tour of Michael Chilufya Hospital in Mpika.
Dr Chilufya said he would not tolerate late-coming among health workers, adding that it is always paramount that any person seeking health attention gets it promptly.
A visibly unhappy Dr Chilufya said this during a first stop at Mpika while on a tour of health posts in Muchinga, Luapula and North-Western provinces.
The deputy minister also allayed fears that the construction of health posts in Muchinga Province had stalled after the contract of Angelic International was cancelled.
He said that there is no need for people in the province to panic because Government is â€˜on top of thingsâ€™.
â€œOut of the 650 health posts earmarked for construction this year, Muchinga had 51 slots, and of these, 17 are at slab level, six have super structures, seven are at advanced level, and three are expected to be commissioned this month,â€ he said.
Dr Chilufya, who visited Kamwaya, Chitulika and Railways health posts in Mpika, said a new contractor has already been identified and that there will be a smooth handover of the project to ensure prompt completion.
He said that what had happened was a minor administrative setback, which has since been resolved and works will not be disturbed.
Dr Chilufya said that as a result, the Chitulika health post will be the first to be commissioned in Muchinga Province in the second week of this month.
He said about 900,000 people will benefit from the construction of health posts in Muchinga and this will greatly uplift health service delivery in the area.
Dr Chilufya said the programme was initiated by Government in an effort to take healthcare services closer to the people and also to respond to the increasing needs.
ALVIN CHIINGA, Mpika