Quality healthcare a must – TAU

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Texila American University Zambia (TAU) says since health is a human right, everyone should have the information and services they need to take care of their own health and the health of their families.

Speaking in commemoration of World Health Day, TAU Dean of Medicine Elliot Kafumukache says universal health coverage means that all people have access to the quality health services they need, when and where they need them, without financial hardship.

Dr Kafumukache said unsafe and low-quality health care ruins lives.

“As a nation, we must do everything we can to improve the quality and safety of health services. Quality, accessible primary health care is the foundation for universal health coverage. At its heart, primary health care is about caring for people and helping them improve their health or maintain their well-being, rather than just treating a single disease or condition.”

He added that health workers have a crucial role to play in educating patients on how to take care of their health, coordinating care and advocating for their patients’ needs to health facility managers and policy-makers.

Dr Kafumukache said a health system with strong primary health care delivers better health outcomes, is cost-efficient and improves quality of care.

“To make health for all a reality, we need: individuals and communities who have access to high quality health services so that they take care of their own health and the health of their families; skilled health workers providing quality, people-centred care; and policy-makers committed to investing in primary health care. We know universal health coverage is possible, let’s make it happen,” he said.

Also speaking on World Health Day, Texila American University Academic Head of Business and Information Technology Associate professor, Agape Kapasa said trillions of dollars are lost world wide due to low quality healthcare. He however said the fight for a healthy Africa can only be achieved by creating an African Solution.

He called on the public and private sectors to work together to ensure health insurance was accessed by all, including citizens in remote areas.

“We can distribute quality health products such as HIV/AIDS treatment, throughout the nation, through public-private enterprise agreements as private organizations have the resources and understanding of distribution logistics that the public sector can learn from and utilize. Unique stakeholder agreements must be created and designed.”

Dr Kapasa said the question of affordability for low-income households cannot all be government financed due to the complexity and magnitude of the health-care system. He added that there was need to create a health insurance model unique to the Zambian market for low-income households in partnership with insurance companies and private enterprises, such as a prepaid medical schemes, which can then be used to access private premium health services.

“The scheme could be subsidized by the private sector and private hospitals, finally giving access to high-end health-care services to the low-level income households of our Nation, because at the end of it all, Life is priceless and every life matters,” he said.

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