Now Sata’s wife speaks as if she is the minister of health

President Michael Sata’s wife  Christine Kaseba says despite what she calls significant efforts made by government, Zambia still has a long way to go in attaining the Millennium Development Goals.

Dr. Kaseba says Zambia requires massive investment in the health sector because of its high disease burden.

She says the relative high exposure to diseases, the lack of capacity to prevent diseases and limitations to access quality healthcare, have been cited as the major causes of Zambia’s health problems.

Dr.Kaseba says there is no way Zambia on its own will be able to manage the current heath conditions and stay on course to provide other basic needs such as education, shelter and sanitation.

Sata’s wife was speaking in Lusaka this morning during the opening of the Swedish-Zambia Health Cooperation Conference and Expo.

Dr. Kaseba said her husband  is optimistic that the Swedish companies visiting Zambia, represented by visiting Swedish State Secretary of the ministry of health and social affairs, Karin Johansson, have the potential to help address the health challenges facing the country.

She states that government appreciates the important role that the private sector plays in the improvement of the country’s delivery of health services.

And Swedish State Secretary of the ministry of health and social affairs, Karin Johansson says Sweden continues to stand committed to assisting the Zambian government in addressing the challenges to reduce the burden of disease in the areas of reproductive health and child survival.

Ms. Johansson states that while Sweden will remain a partner in Zambia’s development, it is also engaged in seeking to expand its areas of cooperation.

She notes that it is therefore the aim of her mission to Zambia to forge new cooperation with new financial instruments and with many more stakeholders.

Speaking earlier, Swedish Ambassador to Zambia, Lena Nordstrom observed that Zambia has to address the challenge of reaching out to remote areas that lack quality health care for pregnant women and small children.

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