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Chilubi hospital ready next year

CYNTHIA MWALE, Chilubi Island  
Construction of a district hospital in Chaba Mainland, Chilubi, is expected to be completed next year, Mango Tree Construction Limited project manager Zhong Yuan Hu has said.
The modern hospital, whose construction started in 2013 and is expected to be completed in August 2016, will help alleviate the challenges people are facing in the district in accessing medical services.
Mr Zhong said phase one of the project which costed over K10 million has been completed and consists of an administration block, out-patient department, screening rooms, x-ray, laboratory, pharmacy and cleaning rooms.
In an interview on Wednesday when journalists visited the site, he said, “The building has since been connected with water and solar energy.”
Under phase two, Mr Zhong said the project will comprise wards, a theatre, mortuary and four staff houses which are expected to be completed in 2016.
“We started phase two in February and work is progressing well,” he said.
A resident, Fewdays Nshimba, commended Government for putting up a modern hospital in the area.
“We did not have a hospital of this nature in this area [mainland]. The only alternative is to travel to either Santa Maria Mission Hospital on the island or go to Lubwa Mission Hospital, which is quite a [long] distance.
“We commend the Patriotic Front government for considering building a hospital that will help in saving people’s lives,” Mr Nshimba, who is a security guard at the hospital, said.

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