—Construction of a theatre at Our Lady’s Hospital at Chilonga in Mpika district has been completed at a cost of KR500, 000.
And construction of a laboratory at the same health institution is nearing completion.
Acting Hospital Administrator, Sister Veronica Mwale, told Muchinga Province Minister, Charles Banda when he visited the health institution that construction of a theatre has been completed.
Sr Mwale said the theatre will have two operating tables unlike the old one, adding that with this facility, Our Lady’s Hospital will be able to carry out many operations.
Sr Mwale further said construction of a laboratory at a cost of KR 500,000 was going on well and nearing completion.
She said the construction of a new laboratory is a boost to the health institution which was attending to over 150 cases of malaria in a day.
Sr Mwale also expressed optimism that the institution will have modern equipment soon in the laboratory so as to give quality health care to the public.
And the Provincial Minister said he is happy with the construction of a theatre at Our Lady’s Hospital in Chilonga Mission which is one of the referral hospitals in the province.
Mr Banda also said he is happy with the quality of work on the entire new building, adding that he can only hope that the Ministry of Health could quickly send the required equipment to enable the newly constructed theatre become operational.
Meanwhile, the Provincial Minister is disappointed with the quality of work at Chilonga School of Nursing where Government is constructing an administration block at a cost of KR500, 000.
The visibly annoyed Mr Banda, who was accompanied by his deputy Permanent Secretary, Jewis Chabi, Mpika District Council Secretary, Kabombo Mutekela, and acting District Medical Officer, John Masina, said he is disappointed that workmanship on the building, which is on the foundation, level is bad.
Mr Banda has since directed Government officers charged with the responsibility of supervising such government projects to ensure that they carry out their works as expected.
He warned that he would not allow government funds to be wasted in that manner.
Mr Banda is on a familiarisation tour of the region checking on developmental projects.