MQHZ demands for 17% allocation to health sector

 MQHZ demands for 17% allocation to health sector

By Staff Writer
Medical for Quality Healthcare in Zambia (MQHZ) has demanded for 17 percent allocation to the health sector, in the 2021 national budget.

MQHZ Director General Quince Mwabu said apart from having enough funds to recover from the current damage caused by Covid 19, the Ministry of Health will need to recruit thousands of health workers next year.

Mr Mwabu said there will also be special need for the Ministry to continue on the progressive trajectory of constructing more Clinics and Hospitals across Zambia.

“As an organization that wants to see more funding to the Zambian health sector for quality healthcare ,we have been disappointed with continued reduction in national expenditure to health .In the last three years, for example, funding has reduced from 16.1% in 2018 to 15. 3% in 2019 and 8.8% in 2020, respectively,” he said.

He said MQHZ wish to urge the Ministry of Health to seriously budget for the purchase and maintenance of essential medical machinery for distribution to all District health facilities in 2021.

Mr Mwabu sad this will prevent poor citizens from traveling long distances when seeking medical services..


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