Northern Province Minister Freedom Sikazwe disclosed this when he inspected the centre in Kasama recently.
Mr Sikazwe said it was important to make use of the existing infrastructure for useful projects as well as to avoid dilapidation.
He urged the Ministry of Health to ensure that the funds were utilised for the intended purpose.
Mr Sikazwe warned that Government would not tolerate the diversion of funds to other projects as such practices tended to promote corruption.
He advised the ministry to advertise for tenders and find a contractor so that works could start soon.
Kasama School of Nursing principal tutor Winfredah Kwesha said the rehabilitation works would start soon after tender process was completed.
Ms Kwesha said the nursing school was expected to enrol the first midwives by January next year.
She said about 40 students were expected to be accommodated at the facility once the renovations were completed.
Lukupa Leprosy Centre would be turned into a training centre as there were no more cases of the disease in the area.-ZANIS