Health Minister, Masebo, urges unemployed health workers to form cooperatives, team up for funding


Government has encouraged unemployed health professionals to form cooperatives and utilise various funding opportunities being offered by the state.

Health Minister, Silvia Masebo, said unemployed health workers should team up and access available funding.

Masebo said that government had prioritised job creation through targeted creative interventions.

She said this during the launch of the Health Professions Council of Zambia (HPCZ) 2022-2026 strategic plan in a speech read on behalf by Permanent Secretary, donor support and technical services, George Sinyangwe, in Lusaka on Tuesday.

“Government is working on instruments to reduce the fees payable by health practitioners, health facilities and training institutions in order to facilitate private led health sector by reducing the cost of doing business,” Masebo said.

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She stated that government demanded effective and efficient delivery of service in both private and public health institutions.

“It is for this reason why government continue to facilitate massive investment in infrastructure, equipment and human capital,” she said.

HPCZ board chairperson, professor Mulindi Mwanahamuntu, said the strategic plan was in line with the eighth national development plan.

Mwanahamuntu said HPCZ was committed to ensure that there was accountability and transparency was was followed in the implementation of the plan.

“HPCZ is committed to making sure that members of the public were not only protected unsafe practices but also access quality health care,” he said.

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