Emergency healthcare vital – Kaseba
FIRST Lady Christine Kaseba has appealed to the Government to ensure that there is adequate capacity to provide emergency healthcare in Zambia.
Dr Kaseba noted that in the past few months Zambia had lost a number of people in road traffic accidentsdue to lack of adequate emergency medical care facilities in most health institutions.
She said this yesterday at the Zambia Medical Association (ZMA) annual general meeting held under the theme ‘Multi-disciplinary approach to trauma and emergency care’.
The First Lady said healthcare in developing countries had not focused on emergency medical care although it must be the core value of any health system.
“I am aware that Zambia has in place a disaster management unit which needs to be strengthened by including trauma and other medical emergencies,” Dr Kaseba said.
Despite many challenges faced by the health sector in Zambia, the system has made good progress over the past few years but there are areas where it needs to improve, especially in preparing for the challenges.
“Emergency medical care must be designed to overcome the factors most commonly implicate in preventable mortality, such as delay in seeking care, access health facilities and the provision of adequate care at the facility,” she said.
The First Lady, however, thanked the Government for purchasing a large fleet of specialised emergency care ambulances that would be used in the provision of emergency medical care to patients in all parts of the country.
Dr Kaseba was awarded by ZMA the order of distinguished selfless and exemplary contribution to children and women’s health.
Speaking at the same function, ZMA president Maureen Chisembele called on all stakeholders in the road sector to be actively involved in the care of the victims’ emergencies and trauma.
“This, therefore, calls for a multi-disciplinary approach. It is a well-known fact that the first responders are not usually trained healthcare workers and what is done in the immediate after an emergency has an implication on the outcome of victims of road traffic accidents,” she said.
In a related development, ZMA has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the largest healthcare group from India – Apollo Hospitals Group.
The objective of the MoU is to have collaboration and build a long-term, mutually beneficial partnership for better healthcare services for the citizens of Zambia by offering super-specialist consultation services and training of medical and paramedical personnel.
According to a statement released by Appolo Hospitals, Apollo Hospital Group will share its experience and provide its expertise to the ZMA to create a comprehensive integrated healthcare system.
The MoU was signed by Dr Chisembele on behalf of ZMA while Appolo Hospitals chief executive officer Dr Hari Prasad signed for the Indian hospital.
/ Times of Zambia