“For those of you who were worried about not being on payroll, next month we are all going together to the bank to get paid. For those of you who are not yet recruited, be rest assured that having already recruited over 20 thousand out of our targeted 30,000 by 2021, we cannot fail to recruit you.” Dr. Chitalu Chilufya.
President Lungu has congratulated the 254 Nurses and Midwives who have graduated from 4 Eastern Province Schools of nursing namely, St. Fransis School of Nursing. Chipata School of Nursing, Mwami Hospital School of Nursing and Midwifery and FPCHS.
Health Minister Dr. Chitalu Chilufya delivered the good news from the Head of State to the graduates at a colorful graduation ceremony in Katete district this afternoon.
Dr. Chilufya said the Patriotic Front Government, under the practical leadership of His Excellency, Dr. Edgar Chagwa is determined to train adequate health personnel to drive the agenda for Universal Health Coverage that the President has pitched as a political commitment.
And Dr. Chilufya has assured all the nurses that were recruited in the last few months and had not been on payroll that government had officially placed them on payroll and that come next month, they would be smiling all the way to the bank.
Meanwhile, Dr. Chilufya has announced that Katete will soon have two Mini Hospital’s to help decongest St. Fransis which has for a long time been the only hospital providing 1st level services in the district.
He said the Mini Hospitals would be 40 bed capacity facilities that would come complete with in and out patient departments, a maternity annex, an operation theater, staff houses, laboratory services and many other state of the art features.
Dr. Chilufya further announced that St. Francis would also work as a training centre for the Levy Mwanawasa Medical University to save the young people in the district from having to go all the way to Lusaka to enroll into the institution.
And Dr. Chilufya also announced the establishment of another nursing school in Eastern Province called the Lumezi School of Nursing or St. Fransis nursing school which he said had already enrolled a hundred students.
He also said Petauke General Hospital which is at the verge of opening, would begin with a sofisticated nursing program and would also train for other paramedics.
“This is the vision in the health sector under President Lungu, to ensure all citizens access topnotch medial services across the continuum of care,” he said.