TUBERCULOSIS remains among the worst threats to quality health affecting an average of 62,000 people per year in Zambia, said Minister of Health Chitalu Chilufya.
And Dr Chiluba has commissioned the Occupational Health and Safety Board to regulate employee health and safety at the work places.
The Minister said this yesterday when he commissioned and handed over the new Drug Resistance TB ward at the University Teaching Hospital (UTH) –Adult built at the cost of US K4.6million with financial assistance from the United States Government.
And US Ambassador Daniel Foote in handing over the facility hailed progressive relations between the two countries which he said has contributed over US $180m in the fight against TB including support towards TB control in Zambia.
And UTH senior superintendent Clarence Chiluba said this was living up to making UTH the number 1 institution for quality service delivery with dreams of introducing open heart surgery and kidney transplant. He said occupational hazards have especially affected the mining communities on the Copperbelt and Northwestern Provinces were workers and communities have continued to suffer effects of air pollution and damage to property with little or no health care or compensation.