During a general debate at the UN Headquarters on Tuesday this week, president Michael Sata said he was joyous after claiming that Zambia has managed to score major successes in reducing child mortality and maternal deaths after adhering to a strong health ethic.
Sata, during the debate on Millennium Development Goals said:
“Amidst much anxiety, the 2013 progress report for my country was released in May. On a positive note, the report indicated tremendous progress made by Zambia on MDGs number four and five, which talk about reducing under-five mortality rates by two-thirds and the maternal mortality ratio by three quarters by 2015.”
But a day after Sata told the UN that Zambia has reduced under-five deaths, MUVI TV reported that:
‘Despite government’s recent announcement of the arrival of BCG vaccines, the commodity has not yet been delivered to clinics.
In Lusaka a random check at Chipata clinic found that mothers of newly born infants were being turned away.
And In Livingstone most health centers were still experiencing the shortage of the vaccine.’