Zambian leader orders employment of more health workers to combat COVID-19

ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA - JANUARY 17 : Zambian President Edgar Lungu attends a High Level Consultation Meeting with African leaders on DR Congo election at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa, on January 17, 2019. (Photo by Minasse Wondimu Hailu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
FILE PHOTO : Zambian President Edgar Lungu. (Photo by Minasse Wondimu Hailu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

The Zambian government said on Wednesday that it will recruit more health workers starting this week in order to scale up response against the COVID-19.

And the country has not recorded any new cases in the last 24 hours and only has 36 positive cases.

Minister of Health Chitalu Chilufya said President Edgar Lungu has immediately authorized the recruitment of 400 doctors and 3,000 paramedics to speed up response to the fight.

He said the Zambian leader has also ordered that good incentives should be provided to the health workers as a way to motivate them.

He said the 36 positive patients were currently stable except one who was still in a critical condition worsened by his acute respiratory problem.

Meanwhile the Zambian leader has reiterated that the fight against the coronavirus was not government’s fight alone but everyone has a crucial role to play.

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