Ministry of Health Permanent Secretary for Technical Services DR Kennedy Malama says Government remains Committed to ensuring that people are healthy and productive as it is a catalyst for social- economic development in the country.
DR Malama said this during the Launch of the Standards and an Assessment Tool for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in Healthcare Facilities in collaboration with Water Aid among other cooperating partners.
He commended Water aid Zambia for championing better water supply and hygiene services not only in communities but also in healthcare facilities.
He said Water Sanitation and Hygiene in healthcare facilities is critical in the provision of basic healthcare services.
“The documents we are launching include guidelines on healthcare facilities on water supply, guidelines on healthcare facilities on sanitation, healthcare waste management, guidelines on hand hygiene and Guidelines on construction of WASH infrastructure in healthcare facilities,” he said.
He has since implored healthcare providers to utilise the documents to the fullest as the Ministry amplifies the implementation of WASH in healthcare facilities.
He said the investment in WASH is amplified further due to the Covid 19 pandemic the country is grappling with.
Dr Malama said a healthcare facility which is compromised in terms of WASH services is likely to be a conduit for transmission of Covid 19 and many other infectious diseases.
Meanwhile, Water Aid Representative Mubiana Muyangwa on behalf of Country Director Ms Pamela Chisanga Commended government for continued leadership in the area of water and sanitation services.
Mr Muyangwa said the launch of the standards is a clear demonstration of the importance of improving the sanitation and hygiene situation in healthcare facilities
“Water aid will continue supporting the Ministry of Health in achieving universal access to wash in healthcare facilities,” he said.