Northern Province Permanent Secretary Royd Chakaba has directed for the speedy completion of K22 million Nsumbu Mini Hospital in Nsama District.
Mr. Chakaba said his office is concerned with the delay to complete the project which started in 2017 and being co-funded by Lake Tanganyika Development Project and government.
Speaking when he inspected progress on the project, Mr. Chakaba said the delay to complete the hospital is denying the people of Nsama District and the surrounding areas of access to quality health care services.
He has since tasked stakeholders involved in the project to ensure that works at the site, resume within the first quarter of this year.
“The people of the Lake Tanganyika region will be able to access to quality health care services once this hospital is complete. And what we want is all stakeholders in this project to ensure that there is work at this site within the first quarter of 2021 so that it is quickly completed.” Said Mr. Chakaba
Mr. Chakaba added that government remains resolute in increasing Universal Health Coverage for all Zambians especially those in rural and remote areas such as Nsama
He observed that the construction of the 200 bed-capacity hospital in the recently created district is a major milestone.
The Permanent Secretary further thanked Lake Tanganyika Development Project for partnering with government in improving the livelihood of the people of Nsama and Mpulungu districts.
“Having a health facility in this area such as this is simply unprecedented. I therefore want to commend the government of His Excellency President Edgar Lungu and Lake Tanganyika Development Project for this initiative.” He said.
And Lake Tanganyika Development Project Co-coordinator Dora Kamwenesha revealed that the hospital will receive basic equipment once completed to help operationalize it.
Ms. Kamwenesha said this is despite the initial contract not catering for medical equipment for the facility.
“The contract had no provision for medical equipment for the hospital but we have decided to buy basic equipment so that the facility can begin to operate upon completion of the works.” Said Ms. Kamwenesha.
Meanwhile, Northern Province Health Director Lawrence Phiri said there is urgent need to complete the hospital and begin to provide health care services to the Nsumbu community and beyond.
The Permanent Secretary is on a familiarization tour of projects being supported by the Africa Development Bank through Lake Tanganyika Development Project in Nsama and Mpulungu districts.