(ZANIS)-THE Government in partnership with cooperating partners has launched the Healthcare Federation of Zambia (HFZ) project, aimed at enhancing the participation of private sector in delivery of healthcare services.
Speaking when she officially launched the project in Lusaka yesterday, Health Minister Sylvia Masebo commended HFZ for coming up with the initiative, which she described as timely.
Ms Masebo noted that the Government had been advocating private sector participation, to help deliver quality health care services to the Zambian people.
“It is a happy day for me and my ministry because this will now bring both the public and the private players together and this will help provide quality healthcare services to our people,” Ms Masebo said.
She also urged HFZ to visit her ministry and acquaint itself
with the 2022-2026 strategic plan were the ministry is now concentrating on prevention of diseases.
And United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Zambia accessible markets for health project chief of party Mika Bwembya said the launch of the HFZ was part of the growing movement in Africa were a platform will be created for diverse private health players.
Ms Bwembya noted that the private health players and their respective government health entities will be interacting.
Meanwhile, USAID mission director Peter Wiebler said the United States was committed to helping Zambia to strengthen the health system at all levels and make quality healthcare accessible for all.
Mr Wieber said that HFZ would serve as the voice of private sector pharmacists, clinics and commodity suppliers both at provincial level and national level.