Switzerland, Geneva 20th May, 2018.

Commonwealth Secretary General Patricia Scotland has commended Zambia for enacting the National Health Insurance law.
Ms. Scotland says the National  Health Insurance Scheme is a key ingredient in helping Zambia achieve Universal Health Coverage. The NHI will pool resources that are key in implementing various quality health interventions. She congratulated Zambia for being in the frontline in the Commonwealth countries’ quest to achieve Universal Health Coverage.
Ms Scotland said this in Geneva – Switzerland ahead of the 71st World Health Assembly which opens tomorrow.
Ms. Scotland is however concerned that so many young people are dying prematurely from Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) due to unhealthy lifestyles.
She has called on Commonwealth countries to aggressively fight NCDs which has proved to be a threat to social and economic development of member states.
Minister of Health Chitalu Chilufya said Zambia is on firm track towards achieving Universal Health Coverage.
Dr. Chilufya said the acknowledgement by the Commonwealth of Zambia’s push for Universal Health Coverage through enactment of the National Health Insurance law is highly commendable.
Issued by Stanslous Ngosa Head Communications and External Relations Ministry of Health.
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