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Government Warns of Escalating Non-Communicable Diseases, Urges Robust Health Response 

The Zambian government has sounded the alarm on the rising tide of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs), labeling it as a ticking time bomb that demands immediate attention. 

Health Minister, Sylvia Masebo, underscored the urgent necessity for a robust and efficient health system to confront this pressing challenge head-on.

Addressing the escalating NCD crisis, the government has committed significant resources to modernize health facilities and improve service delivery.

The primary objective is to equip the country with the capacity to effectively address the mounting burden of NCDs. 

Minister Masebo emphasized that strengthening health systems will be pivotal in preparing the nation to tackle the challenges associated with treating NCDs effectively.

These remarks were delivered by the Minister during the World Health Day Commemorations held in Lusaka.

The event aimed to raise awareness about the global health crisis stemming from NCDs and advocated for the prioritization of healthcare services.

Echoing these sentiments, Matshidiso Moeti, the World Health Organization’s Regional Director for Africa, highlighted the urgent need for enhanced access to quality essential health services across the sub-region. 

Moeti underscored the existing challenges compounded by ongoing crises such as climate change, food insecurity, and epidemics.

In alignment with Moeti’s remarks, WHO Country Representative Nathan Bakyaita reaffirmed the organization’s dedication to tackling these pressing health issues. 

Efforts are underway to address the complex interplay of health challenges, ensuring that essential healthcare services are accessible to all, leaving no one behind.

With the government acknowledging the looming NCD crisis and the WHO’s call for improved healthcare access, collective efforts are underway to stem the tide of Non-Communicable Diseases and pave the way for a healthier future for all Zambians.

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