Government to complete all running projects

Ministry of Health Permanent Secretary for Administration Kennedy Malama says government is committed to ensuring that all running projects are completed on time before embarking on new ones.

He says that government will also ensure fair distribution of hospital services because this is essential in an effectively functioning health delivery system.

Dr Malama said this after inspecting infrastructure projects and health services which included maternal and child health, HIV/AIDS and Eye Hospital in Chipata.

The Permanent Secretary further inspected service provision at Chikoma Zonal Health Centre in Vubwi district.

Dr Malama, who is accompanied by Ministry of Health Director of Clinical Care and Diagnostic Services Dr Mzaza Nthele, is in Eastern Province checking on infrastructure projects  and provision of health services.

The Permanent Secretary inspected Chipata and Vubwi district hospitals that are being constructed at the cost of 10 million Kwacha and 13 million Kwacha respectively.

He inspected the prefabricated Antiretro Viral Treatment centre at Chipata Central Hospital and maternity wing at Mwami Adventist Hospital where he commended the role the church has continued to play in supplementing government’s effort in the provision of health care services to the people.

Dr Malama says the focus is being placed on ensuring that hospitals have all the necessary competencies and making certain that they operate according to their level.

Dr Malama says that government will strengthen and expand clinical disciplines at all levels of hospital care and enhance the efficiency of patient care at all points.

Over one million children trapped in child labour

Child labour still remains a challenge in society, as over one million children in Zambia are trapped in the problem.

Speaking when officiating at a two days training for the District Child Labour Committee, Chipata District Administrative Officer, Kapembwa Sikazwe, says majority of the children are working in the agricultural sector, which is the main economic activity for the province.

Mr. Sikazwe says the numbers are worrying because the district may be accounting for a bigger percentage of the children involved in child labour.

Mr. Sikazwe also noted that because Chipata district is near the borders with two countries, children in the district at a higher risk of being trafficked.

However, he says that government has made efforts in the fight against child labour.

He says government has enacted laws aimed at curbing the vice.

Mr. Sikazwe says government is happy that the District Child Labour Committee has continued itself to source for funds towards the fight against child labour.

The main aim of the training is to strengthen the capacity of the District Child Labour Committee in dealing with the problem of Child labour in the district.

MP Makebi accused of neglecting parts of his constituency

Villagers of Kasamanda in Chief Msoro’s area in Mambwe district have complained over the poor state of roads.

The villagers have told Breeze News that roads especially those linking the area to Katete district have not been worked on for over 20 years.

One of the villagers, Bornface Simushi says that Malambo Member of Parliament, Makebi Zulu promised during the late Chief Msoro’s burial that the Msoro-Katete road would be rehabilitated in June this year but nothing has been done up to now.

Mr. Simushi says that the villagers feel disappointed that nothing has been done especially that the law maker, who is also provincial minister got more votes from the area, for him to win the August 11 parliamentary election.

He claimed that Mr. Zulu has not visited the area from the time he was voted MP for Malambo constituency.

And when contacted Mr. Zulu indicated that he would be visiting Kasamanda this weekend.

Mr. Zulu invited the media to accompany him so that they can appreciate the situation on the ground.

BETUZ defends teachers involved in politics

The Basic Education Teachers Union of Zambia, BETUZ has asked government to stop persecuting teachers, who are perceived to be supporting opposition political parties.

BETUZ Deputy General Secretary Henry Sinkala says it is uncalled for, for government to retire teachers on national interest for being perceived to be aligned to certain political parties.

Speaking during the commemoration of Teacher’s Day yesterday, Mr. Sinkala says some teachers have been transferred in unclear circumstances without being investigated.

He says every person has a right to belong to any political party that they feel has an agenda to develop the country.

But Mr. Sinkala was however, quick to caution the teachers against active politics, stating that civil servants should remain non- partisan.

He further says that the conditions of service for teachers remain largely neglected, which include the 2017 wage freeze.

Mr. Sinkala adds that government should improve the conditions of service for teachers.

And Teaching Council of Zambia, TCZ Senior Inspection Officer Henry Kamoko advised teachers to have a sense of self-esteem and be role models in society.

He says teachers should discharge their duties professionally, and be dedicated to their work, to help produce quality results for the leaners.

Mr. Kamoko says few teachers, who are a nuisance in society tarnish the general effort of the majority teachers, who are hard working.

Meanwhile, Acting Provincial Permanent Secretary Smith Mangalilo says it is the government’s role to empower teachers with all the necessary resources to ensure excellent execution of their duties.

He says government is committed to improving the conditions of service for teachers.