GOVERNMENT must quickly bestow legal status on the Zambia Medical Association for it to effectively work with other stakeholders, says its president Aaron Mujajati.
Dr Mujajati said parliament must pass a law that recognized the association as a professional body in the same manner as the Law Association of Zambia (LAZ).
He said the bill which has been pending for the last three years was intended to promote professionalism among the medical practitioners.
“In order for us to work with Government and other partners effectively, we would like to see parliament pass a law that recognizes ZMA as a professional body in the same way that the LAZ is recognized.
“Such a legal status will give the association legal authority and make its professional opinions respected by all,” he said.
He said this in a statement to congratulate Minister of Health Dr Joseph Kasonde for his reappointment President Edgar Lungu.
He said Dr Kasonde was approachable and always open to new ideas, and that the association was looking forward to working together for the betterment of the health sector.
“ZMA would like to congratulate the Minister of Health, Dr. Joseph Kasonde on his reappointment. From our perspective, this is in recognition of his good leadership in the health sector.” he said.
He explained that the minister should devote more effort and ensure the association was legally recognized for the betterment of the profession.
And Dr Mujajati has called on the Government to expedite the enactment of the Health Insurance Bill so that the majority of Zambians could access affordable and quality healthcare.
The ZMA President said poor Zambians were expected to pay up to 33 per cent towards the total cost of healthcare services in the country, which was too high for the majority of the people, hence the need to urgently pass the bill.