Health Minister Sylvia Masebo says there is need that the health sector has essential drugs, infrastructure, good human resource and other amenities that can support quality healthcare services to the citizens.
Speaking at the sides lines of the on going meeting AIDS-2022 World Leaders in Canada when she met Eswatini health minister Lizzie Nkosi, Ms Masebo said Zambia needs to continue with strides of improving the health sector.
She noted that the Zambian government needs support from PEPFAR and Global Fund to achieve setting up of oxygen plants at some big hospitals and to ensure continuous supply of antiretrovirus (ARVs) in needy health facilities for people to access free and quality health services.
Ms Masebo also said Zambia has not yet reached the threshold of 70 percent in COVID-19 vacation.
The minister said the demand of the vaccine from the people has gone down hence there is need for the health sector to continue sensitizing people on the importance of being vaccinated.
Ms Masebo says the sector needs to continue with health promotion of vaccines in order to mitigate the impact of the pandemic among the people.
And Eswatini health minister says her country also needs to improve on health systems in order to have healthier populations.
Ms Nkosi said that country had only reached 40 percent in COVID-19 vaccines program.
Ms Nkosi said her country is now focusing on adjusting the age to even vaccinate those below the age of 12 years.
She also bemoaned the increase of cancer cases among the citizens.
Ms Nkosi explained that her country is experiencing similar problems with Zambia, health need to work together and to lobby support from PERFAR and Global Fund.
The two ministers shared similar challenges which two countries are facing and need quick attention in order to have healthier populations for sustainable development.