Zambia seeks additional COVID-19 health facilities amidst rise in cases

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The Zambian government says it is working with the private sector to create more hospital bedding space to accommodate the increasing numbers of COVID-19 cases the country is experiencing.

Minister of Health Jonas Chanda said the private facilities will be added to the roster following a detailed assessment.

He said in a statement that the government was implementing a multisectoral approach to ensure that the efforts have the widest reach.

“We are collaborating with community development colleagues in order to incorporate response activities at the community level. Let me assure you that there will be no compromise on the quality of health care,” he said.

Meanwhile, the country recorded 1,264 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours bringing the cumulative cases to 42,213.

The health minister said 1,747 patients were discharged from health facilities and home-based management during the same period. The country recorded 12 deaths during the same period, bringing the total deaths to 597.

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