Government to upgrade Lusaka clinics

Government says it is in the process of upgrading five clinics in Lusaka to full hospitals in order to decongest the University Teaching Hospital (UTH).

Health Minister Kapembwa Simbao said the clinics to be upgraded include Chawama, Matero, Chilenje, Kanyama and Chipata.

Mr Simbao said this in a press release signed by First Secretary for Press at the Zambian Embassy in America, Ben Kangwa on Tuesday in Washington DC and made available to ZANIS in Lusaka today.

The Health Minister however stated that a general hospital would be built by the Chinese in Lusaka’s Chainama area in order to compliment the work being done at UTH.

Mr Simbao said this was because government is grappling with health matters and takes issues of health seriously.

Meanwhile, Mr Simbao has said that there has been a significant drop in the HIV prevalence in some parts of the country.

He however said Luapula and Western Provinces have shown high prevalence rates adding that the high cause of the prevalence rates in the two provinces is yet to be established.

Mr Simbao further said government through the Ministry of Health (MOH) has made Anti-Retroviral (ARVs) drugs accessible to 219, 000 people throughout the country.

He said government is committed to funding HIV programmes through the procurement of ARVs for treatment of HIV patients.

He added that government also hopes to scale up the ARV programme treatment to 300, 000 Zambians who need the treatment.

Mr Simbao said government is committed to the fight against corruption adding that it would ensure that donor funds are used prudently.

However, referring to the K27billion scam that rocked the Ministry of Health Mr Simbao said investigations were still going on and that those involved in the scam would be tried by the courts of law as fair as possible.

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