MINISTER of Health Joseph Kasonde says Government requires qualified laboratory and medical personnel to work in its upgraded and newly-built health facilities countrywide.
He said this in a speech read for him by director of clinical health Welani Chilengwe at the sixth graduation ceremony of biomedical students at Ndola Central Hospital on Friday.
Dr Kasonde said, however, that Government is doing everything possible to address the shortage of teaching staff for medical personnel.
He is happy that the graduation of the biomedical students will mitigate the shortage of staff in the health sector.
“Government has in the recent past embarked on a massive infrastructure development and upgrading of health facilities throughout the country and qualified laboratory personnel are required,” Dr Kasonde said.
Earlier, acting University of Zambia (UNZA) vice chancellor Enala Mwase said biomedical science is a cornerstone for meeting the sixth Millennium Development Goal (MDG) to combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases.
Professor Mwase is concerned about the inadequacy of laboratory facilities in the country.
She encouraged the graduands to provide the best services to the needy despite the challenges the industry is facing.
And head of the biomedical school Michael Nguluta said all health facilities in the country need the services of laboratory personnel in order to diagnose and monitor infectious and communicable diseases.
“Laboratory personnel not only perform the above functions but also manage the anti-retroviral therapy programmes in the country,” Mr Nguluta said.