Lusaka, October 10, 2014,ZANIS—Government has unveiled the 2015 national budget where it has increased allocation to the health sector to K4.5 billion from K4.23 billion.
The 2015 budgetary allocation represents 9.6 percent of the overall K46.6 billion of the national budget compared to 9.9 percent of the total K44.2 billion for.
Finance Minister Alexander Chikwanda unveiled the budget in parliament this afternoon .
Mr. Chikwanda said the increased budgetary allocation to the health sector is in line with government’s objective of providing equitable access to quality health care.
He said of the allocation, K268.2 million has been allocated for the construction and rehabilitation of health infrastructure in various parts of the country.
Mr. Chikwanda further said K753.5 million has been set aside for the procurement of essential drugs and medical supplies while K52.5 million has been allocated for the recruitment of over 2,000 health personnel.
And Mr. Chikwanda said government will continue to increase the availability of frontline health personnel, enhance infrastructure and improve the provision of drugs and medical equipment in all health centers across the country.
Mr. Chikwanda said this is in line with government’s objective of bringing cost effective quality health services as close as possible to all Zambians.