EASTERN Province Minister Makebi Zulu says he is happy that in the midst of the austerity measures, the government will continue to employ people in the health, agriculture and education sectors to improve staffing levels. And Kapata urban clinic management says the facility has not recorded any maternal deaths in nearly a decade. Speaking when he toured Kapata urban clinic in Chipata on Friday, Zulu said the government employed the most in the health sector last year.
“I am happy to let you know that in the midst of what we call austerity measures in the health sector and education sector, as well as agriculture sector, we’ll continue employing this year and we’ll employ some more to improve the staffing levels. As a matter of fact, last year in the health sector is where we employed the most and will continue with that trend until we see to it that almost all our facilities have sufficient staff to carter for the needs of our communities,” he said.
Zulu said President Edgar Lungu was keen on making sure that primary health care was taken as close to the people as possible.
“This is the reason we are building more health facilities; you saw us groundbreaking for a district hospital in Mambwe; we were groundbreaking in Petauke for first level hospital as well some other clinics that ought to be established there and on Sunday we are groundbreaking in Katete for a district hospital there. So with the facilities comes the need for human resource, so we’ll look into that so that we improve staffing levels,” he said.
Zulu said he was happy with the success that Kapata urban clinic had continued to record.
Earlier, Kapata urban general clinician Codine Munkombwe informed Zulu that the facility had gone E-first.
“Secondly, TB cure rate has improved from 75 per cent in 2018 and 85 per cent as of 1st quarter 2019. Thirdly, you would be delighted to note that our facility has not recorded any maternal deaths in nearly a decade. Home deliveries have reduced significantly with the help of safe motherhood action groups. For instance, in May 2019, only two home deliveries were recorded,” said Munkombwe.