Zambia launches integrated health situation room

Zambian President Edgar Lungu. FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

Zambia has launched an integrated health situation room, the first of its kind in Africa.

The room is an electronic visualisation tool which enables authorities at all levels to have easy access to integrated health data.

Vice-President Inonge Wina, representing President Edgar Lungu at the function held in Lusaka on Tuesday, termed the launch “a milestone in the country's e-government agenda”.

President Lungu also said Zambia needed to face the HIV/Aids scourge with renewed passion and energy.

Making a difference

“I’m happy that Zambia has been making progress towards reaching the targets of zero new infections, zero discrimination and zero Aids-related deaths,“ he was quoted as saying by state TV.

Zambia has seen a decline in new HIV/Aids infections from 77,500 in 2010 to approximately 46,000 in 2016, according to the Ministry of Health.

UNAids Executive Director Michel Sidibe praised Zambia for making a difference in the fight against HIV/Aids.

He said the country also managed the recent cholera outbreak well, with concerted efforts by stakeholders and government commitment.

President Lungu's government has, however, been criticised by the opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema for failure to provide quality healthcare especially in rural areas.

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