Mpika, February 13, 2015, ZANIS —- SPECIAL Assistant to the President for Project Monitoring and Implementation Lucky Mulusa says the newly constructed Mpika District hospital in Mpkia District should be opened up to the general public to protect the facility from vandalizism.
Mr. Mulusa says there is need for the government through the Ministry of Health to open the facility to the public so that it can be protected from being vandalized and at the same time start providing health services to the public.
He said Government will well do well to consider opening the facility to the public while carrying out other works under Phase two and three of the project.
Mr. Mulusa also commended the contractor for doing a good job on the project adding that Government will not hesitate for consider such contractors for future works.
He expressed happiness over the quality of work which has been done on the District hospital by the Chinese company said
Construction of Mpika modern hospital under phase one has just been completed by Waltech Construction Company at a cost of K10.1 million and was done within the scheduled 12 months.
Phase one of the project which is due to be commissioned comprise the Out-Patient Department and the administration block.
Phase two will see the construction wards, major theatre, mortuary unit and service blocks such as the kitchen, Laundry and the store room and will cost K19 million.
Phase two works have since been awarded to Wang Chang infrastructure construction, a Chinese company and that the site has already been handed over in readiness for the commencement of the works.
Meanwhile, Mr. Mulusa has said that there is an urgent need to urgently find a lasting solution to the Nakonde water project.
Speaking when he inspected the water project which has now stalled after Government terminated the contract which was given to Shaftex Construction Company over a year ago, Mr. Mulusa said it has taken too long to resolve the matter.
He said that people of Nakonde have suffered for a long time and it was high time the Government responded to their needs of having access to quality water supply.
Mr. Mulusa said late President Michael Sata had personal interest in the project because he had promised the people of Nakonde that his Government was going to provide clean and adequate water supply to the people.
He has since directed Nakonde District Commissioner James Singoyi to work with Chambeshi Water and Sewerage Company and ensure that the project resumes without further delay.
The special Assistant to the President for Projects and Implementation was in the Province to monitor progress of the capital projects going on in all the seven Districts of Muchinga Province and managed to monitor Projects in four Districts namely; Nakonde, Isoka, Chinsali and Mpika.