PRIMARY health care is the logical basis of an effective health care system in a country and is a reflection of a healthy nation, says United National Independence Party (UNIP) secretary general Alfred Banda.
In an interview with the Daily Nation in Lusaka yesterday, Rev. Banda explained that primary health care was very important in every nation and that a good health care system was a sign that people were healthy.
He advised that people were a reflection of a healthy nation and that there could be no development in a country if people were not healthy.
Rev Banda disclosed that UNIP was committed to primary health care and ensured children were taught about prevention of certain diseases from an early age.
“Primary health care is very important, that is why when UNIP was in power, we catered for that in the school curriculum. From grade one, pupils were taught the dangers of Kwashiorkor, diet, protective and body building foods. Primary health care is the logical basis of an effective health care system in a country and is a reflection of a healthy nation” he said.
Rev. Banda said that it was important for people to eat well for them to prevent diseases and become productive citizens.
He emphasised that his party was committed to ensuring that all the people of Zambia were health and that UNIP meant well for the people.
Rev. Banda also stressed the need to make health care affordable so that more people could easily access health care services.
He said that there was still a large segment of the population that still did not have access to proper health care but that provision of free health services was attainable in Zambia.
Rev. Banda disclosed that his party was still promising the people of Zambia free health care services because they strongly believe that a healthy people were productive people.
“Most people can’t afford to pay for health services, so we’re still promising people free health care because it’s attainable; it’s just about having political will. There is still a large segment of the population that still does not have access to proper health care. A healthy people are a reflection of a productive people,” he explained.
And Rev. Banda said that most of the drugs which were being sold were too expensive and that there was need for government health facilities to be stocked with essential drugs.
He also emphasised the need to administer drugs according to doctor’s prescriptions and that people working at the chemists should be diligent enough when executing their duties.