‘Zambia, a massive construction site’ says Zambia High Commissioner to the UK, Professor Royson Mukwena
Zambia High Commissioner to the United Kingdom Professor Royson Mukwena told a health conference on Thursday in London that Zambia is a massive construction site with new health centres, new schools and road works going on across the country.
He was speaking at Zambia UK Health Workforce Alliance conference which is a growing network of Zambian-based and UK-based organizations.
“The government is building new schools, new health centre’s, houses for public servants and road construction throughout the country”, He said.
He said he spent a month in Zambia recently and I travelled across Zambia and saw what was going on.
Professor Mukwena repeated a similar call by President Banda for the doctors and nurses in the Diaspora to consider going to work in Zambia as the government has improved the conditions of health workers.
“President Banda has invested heavily in the health sector.
“The government has introduced good incentives for health workers including doctors’ car schemes, priority housing and rural hardship allowances”, said Professor Mukwena.
A Zambian nurse who recently relocated to Zambia supported the High Commissioner by testifying that the government recently awarded Solwezi general hospital K2. Billion to build health workers houses.
Martha Muli, a nurse in the UK but now working as a tutor at Solwezi general hospital said:
“I am a nurse here in the UK (on sabbatical) but recently reallocated to Zambia as a volunteer at Solwezi General Hospital I would like to urge my fellow Zambians to consider returning home as conditions have improved”.
The conference was updated on the new Zambian Health Strategic Plan 2011 – 15. It was also used to launch the HIFA – Zambia which is an e-mail forum for health in Zambia.
The conference was also used to have more understanding about the inter-relationship of health services, workforce and academia.
It was co-chaired by H.E. Professor Royson Mukwena and Lord Crisp, an independent member of the UK’s House of Lords and Chief Executive of the UK’s NHS and Permanent Secretary of the Department of Health.