Deputy Director of Planning and Policy Development in the Ministry of Health Sam Chembe was speaking in Mzuzu during the official opening of the 2014/15 Northern Zone Joint Annual Review health meeting.
“In adequate human resource and other resources such few houses are still some of the challenges rocking the health sector.” Chembe said.
The rise in the immunization sector from 74% in 2013/2014 to 81 % in the 2014/2015 physical years are among the major achievements the ministry has achieved.
“The TB sector is also among the sectors that have performed profoundly well with above 85% cure rate.” Said Chembe.
Northern Zone Health Officer Dr. Owen Msopole says despite challenges facing the health sector great strides have been made including improvement in the rentation rate of health personnel especially in hard to reach areas.
“A number of initiatives including the Umoyo Housing Project and hard to reach allowances are equally assisting District Health Officer in overcoming some challenges in the health sector.” Said Msopole.
Adding that provision of training by Development partners such as Egpaf and MSH also help in the retention of the health personnel.
Delegates to the meeting included District Commissioners, Health Officials and Ward Councilors. The meeting was made possible with funding from UNICEF and the Malawi Health Sector project.