|Hon. Kapembwa Simbao|
Health Minister Kapembwa Simbao says government acknowledges the health staff shortages in most health facilities across the country which he said has negatively impacted on the health care delivery.
Mr. Simbao said it is important that large numbers of health workers are trained and graduated in order to meet the increased demand of health care workers.
The Minister said this in Lusaka today in a speech read on his behalf by health Permanent secretary Dr Peter Mwaba at the 27th graduation ceremony of Chainama college of health sciences where 531 students graduated in various sciences courses.
Mr. Simbao said government recognizes the critical role that the college plays in producing health workers for the country.
He said the college has a long history of producing frontline and middle level health workers in the country.
He disclosed that his ministry has plans to improve infrastructure at the institution in order to scale up intakes so as to produce more health workers to meet the current demand.
And Mr. Simbao has urged the grandaunts to uphold high professional ethics if they were to serve the communities better.
He prodded them to be good ambassadors of the Ministry of Health and perform to the best of their abilities .
He cautioned them against engaging in bad vices saying his ministry will not accept any bad behavior such as not reporting for work on time, rudeness, drunkenness and absenteeism. This should also be a remainder to already existing staffs in the service.
And speaking at the same function UNZA vice chancellor Simukanga bemoaned the little progress that has been made on infrastructure development at the college due to limited funds.
Prof. Simukanga said with the current policy of scaling up the intakes and the introduction of parallel programmes alongside new programmes , there is increased pressure and demand for infrastructure .
He said there is an urgent need for government through the ministry of health to address the issue as a matter of priority by providing more funds for infrastructure development projects .
Prof Simukanga further urged the ministry to provide funds for the rehabilitation of classrooms and other college infrastructure as the buildings require a facelift.