UPND: Building a healthy nation

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HichilemaZambia has some of the worst health indicators in the world. Why? Because government has failed to prioritise healthcare for the majority. Whereas the PF promised to spend 15% of the national budget on health in their manifesto, under President Lungu the share has fallen to as little as 8.3%.

Is it possible for Zambia to do better? Absolutely, just compare our performance to that of Botswana. We have an under-5 mortality rate of 75 per 1,000 live births, more than double that of Botswana’s 36. Our maternal mortality of 398 per 100,000 live births is nearly three times that of Botswana’s 140.

How can we do better? The UPND will build a healthy nation by re-allocating funds to critical areas that are fundamental to the wellbeing of our nation, such as water and sanitation. Our people are still dying from treatable diseases on a daily basis because they cannot access clean water; compounds are hotbeds for cholera outbreaks, while in the rural areas people are sharing water with livestock because there is no alternative.

The UPND plans to raise the standard of care through supporting healthcare workers and bringing care closer to communities through extension services by environmental health technicians and telemedicine.

Additionally, as a government that plans ahead we will support disease prevention measures and undertake preparatory measures for responding to epidemics.

To ensure we have the resources we need to achieve our plans we will tackle corruption and cut spending on wasteful items, such as frequent by-elections and big budget international travel seen under the PF. We will also re-evaluate the amount spent on VIP healthcare abroad, which was recently revealed to total an average of K3.6 million per person.

Under our watch spending on health will be for the benefit of the majority, not just a few well-connected individuals, because building a healthy nation is a key stepping stone on the path to a united, prosperous and equitable Zambia.

Hakainde Hichilema
UPND President

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8 Responses to UPND: Building a healthy nation

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    Mubotu
    July 27, 2016 at 10:52 am
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  2. This is real politics. other politicians are building hospitals,while other politicians are going in the hospitals to see patients and telling us how they are going to do thing……… am noe certain that we have under five and chakolwa politicians in zambia. lets check whos gonna do better because this two guys are like….one is building while the other one is talking loudly

    reply
    July 27, 2016 at 11:25 am
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  3. politics of promises ended in 2011

    (1) 90 days

    reply
    July 27, 2016 at 11:46 am
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  4. In the Bible, the number 6 symbolizes man and human weakness, the evils of Satan and the manifestation of sin. Man was created on the sixth day. Men are appointed 6 days to labor.

    A Hebrew slave was to serve six years and be released in the 7th year. Six years were appointed for the land to be sown and harvested. The number 6 is also associated with Satan in his temptation of Jesus.
    LET US QUICKLY USHER IN THE 7TH PRESIDENT IN ZAMBIA.GOD OUT OF HIS MERCY MADE OUR SIXTH PRESIDENT TO SERVE A SHORT TERM SO THAT OUR SUFFERING IS NOT PROLONGED.

    TOLILO
    July 27, 2016 at 11:54 am
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  5. TOLILO YOU ARE VERY CORRECT.

    THE 6TH PRESIDENT HAS THE SHORTST TERM IN HISTORY OF ZAMBIA BUT THE HIGHEST CASES OF VIOLENCE, RITUAL KILLINGS AND POLITICAL KILLINGS.

    GOD IS FAITHFUL, HE HAS SHORTENED HIS PERIOD IN OFFICE SO THAT THESE VICES ARE NOT PROLONGED IN A CHRISTIAN NATION.

    GLORY TO HIS NAME, HE IS THE PRINCE OF PEACE. ISHINA LYAKWE LICHINDIKWE.

    afcon
    July 27, 2016 at 1:16 pm
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  6. That the gospel bru, Let’s not hate Pres’Lungu, he is just not fit to Lead a nation, but he can do other things not to be a president awe twapapata ba Lungu teti muteke chalo tapali ichimonwa, just give in plz for HH, GBM & UPND, plz bakaamba, otherwise you may be a frustrated Man.

    brian
    July 27, 2016 at 4:27 pm
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  7. I agree that it is important and possible for us to build a healthy nation. A healthy nation is a nation with healthy people.

    How can we do better? To build a healthy nation we ought to develop 5-year national objectives for improving the health of our people. Let us work towards empowering our people so that they can make informed health decisions. To do this we simply need to provide evidence-based health objectives and strategies.

    Let us come up with health programes that puts an emphasis on prevention, especially by making good lifestyle choices. Let us encourage programs which aims to eliminate disparities in health behavior and health outcomes.
    Let our mission be to 1) Identify nationwide health improvement priorities, 2) Increase public awareness and understanding of the determinants of health, disease and disability and the opportunities for progress. 3) Provide measurable objectives and goals that can be used at the national, state and local levels 4) Engage multiple sectors to take actions to strengthen policies and improve practices that are driven by the best available evidence and knowledge. 5) Identify critical research and data collection needs. In summary, let our goals be to eliminate preventable disease and premature death, achieve health equity, and to create social and physical environments that promote good health for all people across every stage of life.

    Dr Imasiku Liamunga
    July 28, 2016 at 7:53 am
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  8. It is always good to analyze before making comments. HH as an economist need to understand that population as a variable to being a determinant of health has an influence on mortality rate as such Bostwana can not be compared to Zambia on that matter. While Zambia has made great strides to improve health services of its citizens more need to be done to strenghen fiscal policy to appropriately spend on health care. Do not just say we shall do this and that. It is not as easy as you think bane. Unfortunately you are also not winning even this time. bushe pa 11 nililali. come quickly so that we stop this nonsense or atleast reduce on wafolling any how.

    JB
    July 28, 2016 at 2:05 pm
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