State constructs 14 health posts in East

INCREASED access to maternal and child health services aims to reduce mortality rates by two-thirds and maternal mortality rate up to three quarters.

GOVERNMENT has completed the construction of 14 health posts out of the 57 that are being built in Eastern Province.
Eastern Province medical officer Abel Kabalo said the six health posts that were allocated to Chipata district have all been completed.
Dr Kabalo said in an interview in Chipata yesterday that the remaining health posts are scheduled to be completed early next year.
“I can confirm that six out 57 health post that are being constructed in the province have been completed and that 40 slabs have already been done,” Dr Kabalo said.
He said Government is happy with the works the contractor is doing.
Dr Kabalo said Government is committed to taking healthcare facilities closer to the people.
Government is building 650 health posts across the country at a total of US$55.9 million, of which US$5.9 million is from the Zambian government.
And Dr Kabalo said the construction works of four district hospitals in Chipata, Nyimba, Vubwi and Lundazi at a cost of K42.2 million is progressing well.
He said Government has terminated the contract of a local contractor, Mercury, who is building the Lundazi District Hospital for delaying to finish phase II of the project.
Dr Kabalo warned other contractors not to unnecessarily delay the projects like some contractors do.
He said contractors working on Chipata, Vubwi and Nyimba district hospitals are doing quality works, but is concerned with the slow pace of the works.
Dr Kabalo said Government will not allow shoddy works or delay of projects, especially hospitals.
He urged contractors working on health infrastructure to avoid abandoning projects.

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