When PF came into office in 2011, the health sector was in shambles. The was a critical shortage of health infrastructure, health personnel, medical equipment and essential drugs among others.
In the last 9 years, significant strides have been made to improve on the quality of health services being provided to the Zambian people, especially in the areas of infrastructure development, disease control and in curbing maternal and child deaths.
- The country now has four fully fledged tertiary level hospitals after Livingstone was upgraded to a Teaching Hospital joining Kitwe, Ndola and Lusaka’s UTH.
- The four tertiary level hospitals are fully equipped with modern diagnostic equipment such as computerised tomography machines (CT) and renal dialysis units needed to handle complicated cases.
- The sector now has a specialised Medical University, The Levy Mwanawasa Medical University training thousands of students in various medical fields.
a). Zambia now is able to successfully separate Siamese Twins.
b). Zambia now is able to successfully conduct Kidney Transplants.
c). Zambia now has a specialised Cardiac Hospital to deal with all sorts of cardiac complications.
OTHER STRIDES MADE
- 650 health posts have been built making sure that everyone especially in rural areas have access to a Heath facility.
- 39 district hospitals have been built with many more coming up.
- Numerous clinics such as Chilenje, Matero, Kanyama etc have been upgraded to Level 1 hospitals.
- Over 30,000 health practitioners have been trained, recruited and posted through out the country in the last 9 years.
- Modern cardiac catheterisation laboratories have been installed with the aim of handling cardiology interventional procedures. And with the installation of these modern cardiac catheterization laboratories, a lot of the cardiac patients are now being treated locally thereby saving precious lives and the country’s hard-earned foreign exchange.
- UTH’s Eye Hospital has seen a boost with the installation of advanced ophthalmology equipment to handle all eye related problems.
- Phase II of the Cancer Diseases Hospital at the University Teaching Hospital has been completed providing complete treatment facilities with 252 bed space capacity.
- Maternal and infant mortality have significantly declined. Under-five mortality rates have also declined due to increase investment in health infrastructure. This has contributed to recorded progress in the overall indicators of the health status of our people. Latest statistics indicate that child and maternal indicators have improved significantly.
- And in order to make medicines available and affordable Government has built medical stores hubs across the nation and introduced the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIMA)