Mufulira hospital works on course

MUFULIRA district medical officer George Mukupa (left) and district commissioner Zakeyo Kamanga during the tour of one of the newly constructed health posts. PICTURE: CHRISTINE CHIHAME

PHASE one of the construction of a district hospital in Mufulira on the Copperbelt at a cost of K12.3 million is expected to be completed by October this year.
Mufulira district commissioner Hilda Kawesha said in an interview recently that residents are happy with the construction of a new hospital as it will help decongest already existing health facilities at Kamuchanga and Ronald Ross hospitals.
“We are at roof level and about 70 percent of the works have been done so far in the first phase,” she said.
Ms Kawesha said the first phase of the project will include construction of an out-patient department, office administration block, two observation rooms, a laboratory, theatre and an X-ray.
She said construction of Mufulira District Hospital is in line with Government’s policy of taking medical services closer to the people.
Ms Kawesha said staff houses, admission wards, mortuary and incinerator will be included in the second phase of the project.
And project site manager Marshal Kanenga said works on the project had slowed down a bit because of the rains.
“But we expect things to improve in the next week or so since we are now experiencing a dry spell. We have also just received 200 pockets of cement,” Mr Kanenga said.

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