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District hospitals contractors paid

CHILUFYA

CATHERINE MUMBA, Mansa
GOVERNMENT has cleared all the arrears owed to all contractors working on district hospitals across the country.
And Minister of Health Chitalu Chilufya says it is projected that Luapula Province will in the next few years have a university teaching hospital working in conjunction with the Frederick Titus Jacob Chiluba (FTJ) University.
Dr Chilufya said Government had in the last few months spent over K200 million on paying off contractors working on district hospitals.
He was speaking to journalists after inspecting the ongoing works on the newly built Mansa district hospital yesterday.
“The Ministry of Finance has been releasing money for infrastructure every month and the last batch of about K60 million has also been paid. No contractor working on any district hospital is being owed; so we expect them to be on track,” Dr Chilufya said.
And Dr Chilufya says the newly built Mansa District Hospital, which is expected to be completed in June 2017, has enough facilities to be a teaching hospital.
He said the hospital, which is being built at a cost of K13 million, will be a notch higher than Mansa General Hospital.
Dr Chilufya said the quality of the structure is more comprehensive, purpose-built and will offer first-level services to some parts of Luapula Province.
“The current general hospital will maintain its status of being a referral institution because it is at a central place where a number of constituencies can easily access medical services. I am happy that the contractor has worked so hard and has done a great job on the hospital,” he said.

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