The National – Wednesday, February 9, 2011
HEALTH workers throughout the country have been urged to commit themselves in implementing the National Health Plan 2011-20.
This call was made by health secretary Dr Clement Malau in a media release yesterday when revealing a budget of K14.17 billion.
“People now have high expectations on us to deliver the services, we at least must
dedicate ourselves in our work to drive satisfactory health outcomes,” he said.
Malau outlined the three priority areas of implementation; medical supplies and primary health care, implementation and rollout of the community health posts and rolling out of the provincial health authority in the provinces.
He said there was a need for health sector to unite and find a common approach in getting the health system right and improving management at all levels.
“I also call on all political leaders to assist us in providing the leadership in the implementation of the health plan as chief executives of their provinces and districts,” Malau said.
He stated that the health sector was allocated K315,809 million for development and K261,684 million in the recurrent national health budget.
While church health services have been allocated K81,663.4 million and all hospitals have been given K248,834.3 million and a total of K51,918 million has been given to all provinces as provincial grants.
“On top of that each member of parliament is given K1 million for health and K1 million
for water supply,” he added.
He stressed that everyone involved in the health sector must align all activities to the Health Plan and the standards set by the department of health.
“As health is everybody’s business, we need the help of other sectors.
“The help can only be sourced if we in the health sector provide the technical advice and leadership to ensure that health interventions are supported by the different stakeholders for service delivery,” he said.