Government is to construct a new modern hospital in Kalomo district in a three year phase project with the works to start by next week with an initial (lK11 billion) KR 11 million having been allocated for the construction works.
The six hectare plot which formerly belonged to the defunct Zambia Agriculture Development Limited (ZADL) has since been given to the Ministry of Health by the local civic authority and the constructor will soon move on site.
Kalomo District Commissioner Omar Munsanje and District Medical Officer, Kenneth Chibwe visited the site over the weekend in the company of officials from Coquest construction company of Lusaka who have been awarded the contract.
The new structure is to comprise all the departments and sections befitting a general modern hospital with staff accommodation when completed.
Meanwhile, Mr. Munsanje has cautioned the constructor that they should abide to contractual terms adding that his office will not tolerate any shoddy works.
Meanwhile a cross section of society talked to by ZANIS has thanked government for bringing such a gigantic development to the district which despite its rich historic status has lagged behind in infrastructure development.
Meanwhile, Coquest director, Charles Mubanga said his company would employ local people to clear the site other than bringing people from outside the district to in an effort to create job opportunities to the locals and build confidence to the indigenous people.