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Works on 650 health posts advance

MINISTRY of Health permanent secretary Davy Chikamata says the construction of 650 health posts countrywide has reached an advanced stage.
Dr Chikamata said Government is on course to meet the deadline of 2016 to complete the construction of 650 health posts.
“These are prefabricated structures, materials will arrive in January from India so that the structures are done on time.
“The three Indian contractors have been working hard, they have done the slabs on the Copperbelt, Luapula, Eastern and Western provinces,’’ Dr Chikamata said.
He said once the slabs are completed, it will not take long for the contractors to complete construction of prefabricated structures.
He said the majority of the health posts will be built in rural areas.
Dr Chikamata said many areas in Zambia have big populations but do not have health facilities.
Dr Chikamata also said the health posts will help to improve health service delivery in far-flung areas.
He said with the construction of health posts, maternal mortality and infant mortality will be reduced and other health services will easily be accessed.
Dr Chikamata said construction of health posts started in April because Government delayed in starting certain contractual obligations.
“Construction of the health posts could only start after Exim Bank approved construction and that only started in January when advance payment was made,’’ Dr Chikamata said.
Construction of health posts is being done through a credit loan facility from Exim Bank of India.

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