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New doctors to help mitigate shortage – State

CHILUFYA

VIOLET MENGO, Lusaka
DEPUTY Minister of Health Chitalu Chilufya says the graduation of 70 medical doctors will help to mitigate the shortage of practitioners in the health sector.
Speaking during the induction of doctors in Lusaka on Thursday, Dr Chilufya said Government is delighted to receive the new 70 doctors.
“Your services are desperately sort for the world over and Government is delighted to employ you. Let’s maintain high standards in the execution of our duties and be a shining example to other health workers,” Dr Chilufya said.
He appealed to the graduates not to leave for ‘greener pastures’ because the ground in Zambia is becoming ‘fertile and the grass will become greener.’
He urged the new doctors to improve and maintain the image of the profession.
“It is a great celebration because we have increased numbers. The importance of the oath you took goes beyond mere words but a pledge to service. It is not an easy road as the “honeymoon” of being a student has come to an end,” Dr Chilufya said.
He said the Ministry of Health places a lot of importance on training health professionals because a well-trained human resource in health contributes greatly towards achieving the ministry’s mission.
Dr Chilufya said Government’s motto is delivering health care in a clean, competent and caring environment.
He said it is Government’s anticipation that the doctors will put in their best to improve service delivery.
“I urge you to take the profession seriously and consider it a privilege to serve another fellow human beings. Engage in research and professional development as it is the only way we will have a competent workforce and improve service delivery,” Dr Chilufya said.
He said it is Government’s desire to provide an enabling environment to motivate the doctors.
He also assured the new doctors that Government through the directorate of human resource and administration is committed to ensuring that new doctors are placed on payroll in the shortest possible time.
UNZA School of Medicine dean of students Fastone Goma urged the doctors to live up to people’s expectations.
And UNZA acting vice-chancellor Professor Enala Tembo-Mwase said it is gratifying that the institution has once again produced doctors.
“Of late, the institution has had a number of challenges, but in the midst of the problems we have been able to produce doctors. You are going out there as ambassadors of UNZA,” Prof Mwase said.
She said being a doctor is a noble profession and cautioned them against under estimating their role in society.



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