Sunday, 22 July 2012

EU commits 400billion kwacha for the zambian health sector

The European Union (EU) has committed 400 kwacha billion to Zambia’s health sector.

EU Charge’ D’ Affaires, Daniel Dominguez, says his organisation is determined to work closely with the Zambian Government.

Mr Dominguez says part of the funds would go towards procurement of modern state-of-art pieces of equipment as well as addressing the challenges faced by scientists working in the bio-medical department.

Mr Dominguez disclosed this in Lusaka during the unveiling of new Bio-medical Society of Zambia (BSZ) executive, led by Hillary Lumono.

Mr Dominguez challenged the new executive against frustrating government’s efforts in their operations.

Fhi360, another Non-Governmental Organisation dealing in the health sector, pledged to assist the Zambian government in tuberculosis (TB) care for the next three years from 2012 to 2015.

Fhi360 Country Manager, Michael Welsh, said his organisation will scale up TB services in Zambia through the Zambia Prevention, Care and Treatment Partnership (ZPCT-II) project.

Mr Welsh commended the United Sates Government, through USAID, for providing funds to the project in supplementing government’s efforts, saying government alone cannot manage.

Under this project, Zambia will get a boost in TB and HIV fight.

health Deputy Minister, Patrick Chikusu, who was the guest of honour, commended the donors for their continued support to improving the health sector by bringing quality health care services closer to the people. 

Dr Chikusu observed that a healthy nation benefits every one as the Patriotic Front Government is in a hurry to bring health care service closer to the Zambians

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