HEALTH Minister Sylvia Masebo has challenged Zambian medical doctors in the health sector to be exemplary and trendsetters in their profession.
Officiating at the 58th Annual General Meeting for Zambia Medical Association – ZMA, Ms MASEBO bemoaned the decreasing admiration of the medical profession, further challenging them to retake their pole position as a noble member of society.
She said medics have from time immemorial been exemplary and trendsetters, a quality that seemed gone down.
The minister reiterated government policy on decentralisation, explaining that going forward, some central level functions would be taken to provincial and district levels with matching financial, material and human resources.
Ms MASEBO has also challenged doctors to look into their welfare as the number of mortality among medical doctors was of concern especially during COVID-19.
And the ZMA President CHRISPIN MOYO has applauded the government for successful recruitment of health workers including 510 medical doctors.
Dr MOYO has further called on the government to create a more enabling environment to support entrepreneurship in health.
Meanwhile, members of the Association have aired their views on the many challenges faced in service delivery including availability of supplies, further training and enactment of laws to support the cause.
Welcoming the decentralization policy as an economic vehicle, a member called on direction to the effect that past mistakes were avoided.
The minister was accompanied by Health Permanent Secretary for Administration Dr GEORGE MAGWENDE and directors from the Ministry of Health.
MOH – Communication & External Relations
July 6, 2022