The Red Cross society of Zambia has applauded the Speedy improvement of mini-clinics into hospitals by the Ministry of health.

Speaking in an interview the red cross president Mr. William Chisoko has said at a time when health facilities and health personnel’s are overwhelmed by the Covid-19 pandemic it is a relief to read of the commitment by the Ministry of health to increase health facilities in the county. Mr. Chisoko was commenting on the remarks made by Dr. Jonas Chanda when he visited Ndola for the commission of the Ndeke mini-hospital.

Health Minister Dr. Jonas Chanda said that the government is aimed at increasing first level referral hospitals in all parts of the country as to meet the growing demand for health care services. He said the government will expedite the process of upgrading all mini-hospitals into first level referral centers to enhance the provision of complex clinical care, especially now because of Covid-19, he is therefore urging the people of Zambia to continue adhering to the Covid-19 guidelines.

 

Speaking in an interview, Dr. Chanda said there is need to operationalize all the health facilities constructed by the government so as to enable more people have quality health services closer to where they live, he also said the mini-hospitals are also a motivating factor for health workers at the facilities. Mr. Chanda commissioned the Ndeke mini-hospital in Ndola, which has a 200-bed capacity. The Copperbelt health director Robert Zulu said the provincial health team would work closely with the community to ensure all expectant were sensitized on the need to seek professional health care at the newly built hospital.

 

Dr. Chanda also commended Indeni Oil Refinery and other companies that took part in the construction of the mini-hospital and implored other companies to emulate the move. He further said achieving the universal health coverage was a priority of the Government as guided in the 2030 vision. Indeni managing director Mr. David Lungu said the oil refinery placed serious attachment to matters of health hence its decision to partner with the government in building the mini-hospitals. The Mini Hospitals are central to the delivery of local healthcare, as they form important hubs providing a range of localised healthcare services for people in areas throughout the country. They will provide a one stop facility for the provision of primary health care services, with more complicated health problems being referred on to District Hospitals.

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