YANDE SYAMPEYO, Kafue
GOVERNMENT will spend K5 million on upgrading infrastructure at Kafue District Hospital which has been transformed into a general
hospital, Minister of Health Chitalu Chilufya has said.
Dr Chilufya says upgrading works will include expansion of a theatre, outpatient department, wards and general refurbishment of the hospital.
The works have already been tendered and a contractor is expected to move on site next month.
Dr Chilufya said this here on Thursday during the commissioning of the general hospital and the Kafue School of Nursing.
The hospital, which opened in 1998, started as a community initiative and later received support from Government in form of equipment and human resource.
“Today is a success story and reflects the importance of partnership between the community and Government, and what you see here today is the epitome of that partnership.
“This reflects the intentions of the Patriotic Front government under the leadership of President Lungu to harness the efforts of the community to develop the country,” Dr Chilufya said.
The minister said upgrading of the hospital further demonstrates President Lungu’s passion to provide access to health services not only at primary but also tertiary levels.
He said the transformational agenda President Lungu is pursuing in the health sector has resulted in the modernisation of existing facilities.
Dr Chilufya said Government is keen to upgrade all public infrastructure in Kafue in its quest to industrialise the district.
And the minister said 176 students will be enrolled at the school of nursing, of which 116 will be from within Kafue district.
Dr Chilufya said the inaugural intake of students will also be incorporated in the e-learning module.
“Research has already shown that these nurses who train through e-learning or conventional training programmes are just the same and are competent,” he said.
Child Fund International acting country director Doras Chirwa said the organisation is keen to supplement Government’s efforts in the delivery of quality health services.
Ms Chirwa said it is for this reason that Child Fund has partnered with Government and other stakeholders to enhance training of nurses through e-learning.
She said the programme which started in 2014, is currently being undertaken in 11 schools in a bid to expand the coverage of skilled health care professionals across the country.
Child Fund has since donated 55 desktop computers to the Kafue School of Nursing and the general hospital at a cost of K330,000.
The organisation will also provide each student with a tablet loaded with nursing training content.
Kafue member of Parliament Mirrian Chonya commended Government for upgrading the hospital and commissioning the nursing school as the initiative will create employment opportunities especially for the local people.