Mungwi hospital takes shape


MALOLE member of Parliament Christopher Yaluma says construction of Mungwi District Hospital at a cost of K14.7 million has started.
Mr Yaluma, who is Minister of Mines, Energy and Water Development, said JDC Engineering, the contractor engaged to build Mungwi District Hospital, is on site digging the foundation.
Mungwi District Hospital is a similar facility to Michael Chilufya Sata General Hospital in Mpika recently opened by President Lungu.
Speaking when he toured the construction site, Mr Yaluma said Mungwi is ‘blessed’ to finally have a district hospital.
He said the population of Mungwi has grown and residents require a hospital.
“Mungwi was part of Kasama District and it depended on Kasama for all the services but as population grew it was created into a district and this meant that civil servants in Kasama were split to come and take up departmental offices in Mungwi,” Mr Yaluma said.
He said patients died on the way to the hospital due to long distances involved.
“We have had no district hospital, no mortuary and you can imagine, all the referrals from a vast district and they have to refer patients to Kasama. And you can imagine when an accident happens in Mungwi,” Mr Yaluma said.
He promised to closely monitor the works and to ensure that the contractor employs locals.
“As MP, I will ensure that all the works are on schedule and they do not overshoot on costs,” he said.
Government is also constructing eight health posts in Mungwi out of the 650 countrywide
“This is a plus for us as a Government as it is evident that we are working and will ensure that services are delivered to the people,” Mr Yaluma said.
Site planner Lu Pung said the first phase, which involves construction of the outpatient department, mortuary and administration will be completed in 12 months.

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