By Durrell Namasani
Vice President Dr Saulos Chilima has called for huge investments in the health sector if the country is to achieve Universal Health Coverage by 2030. He made the remarks at an event to commemorate International Nurses Day that took place At Capital Hotel in Lilongwe.
In his address , the vice president said Nurses should be commended for the great job they do within the heath system, and the many sacrifices they make .”Nurses have sacrificed alot in the health system of this country amidst Covid-19. You risked your own lives to save others,'” he said.
Chilima added that there is need for proper reforms in the health sector. “It is high time we started investing in the country’s health sector, we should not be treating some referral diseases outside the country as is the case now,” Chilima said. He said government will soon recruit more nurses and midwives and acquire more Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs).
President of National Organisation of Nurses and Midwives (NONM) Shouts Simeza said health personnel faced alot of challenges that led to 21 deaths of nurses
International Nurses Day this year was under the theme ‘Nurses:A Voice to Lead-A Vision for future Health Care’. Also present at the event was the Minister of Health Hon. Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda.