In­creased health fund­ing cheers min­is­ter

Daily Nation Newspaper - - FRONT PAGE - By AN­NIE ZULU

GOV­ERN­MENT has in­creased al­lo­ca­tion of funds to the health sec­tor by K1 bil­lion. Gov­ern­ment has al­lo­cated K6.8 bil­lion to the sec­tor in 2018 com­pared to K5.8 bil­lion which was al­lo­cated in 2017.

And Health Min­is­ter Chi­talu Chilu­fya has de­scribed the in­creased al­lo­ca­tion as a great move.

Dr Chilu­fya said health was key to en­hanc­ing pro­duc­tiv­ity and the wel­fare of the peo­ple. He vowed that Gov­ern­ment would work tire­lessly to en­sure that the health sec­tor was im­proved and that ev­ery Zam­bian had ac­cess to health fa­cil­i­ties and ser­vices.

"The bud­get was on point and I am happy that Gov­ern­ment has in­creased the al­lo­ca­tion of funds for 2018, health is an im­por­tant sec­tor be­cause if peo­ple are un­healthy, then the coun­try can't de­velop," Dr Chilu­fya said. Ac­cord­ing to Fi­nance Min­is­ter Felix Mu­tati, of the to­tal amount al­lo­cated to the health sec­tor, K1.2 bil­lion would be used for pro­cure­ment of es­sen­tial drugs and med­i­cal sup­plies rep­re­sent­ing a 56 per­cent in­crease over the 2017 al­lo­ca­tion.

Mr Mu­tati said the bal­ance would be used to fi­nance health in­fra­struc­ture, med­i­cal equip­ment and staff costs, in­clud­ing the re­cruit­ment of med­i­cal per­son­nel. He dis­closed that 1,000 health per­son­nel would be re­cruited in 2018 to add to the 7,400 re­cruited this year.

"Hu­man re­source for health re­mains a crit­i­cal com­po­nent in the pro­vi­sion of qual­ity health ser­vices to the Zam­bian peo­ple, “Mr Mu­tati said.

The min­is­ter also in­di­cated that Gov­ern­ment would es­tab­lish a So­cial Health Scheme to in­crease the re­source en­ve­lope and en­hance universal health cov­er­age.

Mr Mu­tati said the So­cial Health In­sur­ance Bill will be tabled be­fore Par­lia­ment.

Dr Chilu­fya

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