Government will construct six modern rural health posts in Katuba area in Chibombo district.
Katuba constituency Member of Parliament Patrick Chikusu named the six health posts as Chilo-Cha-Balenje, Kalala, Kamaila, Kapila, Kapopo and Tampwila.
Dr Chikusu disclosed the development in an interview with ZANIS in Lusaka today saying government through the Ministry of Health released funds for the construction project last week.
“I’m happy that Katuba will get six health posts out of the 650 health institutions that will be constructed by government this year,” he said.
The Katuba Legislator further disclosed that government would rehabilitate the dilapidated clinics in rural areas.
Early this year, the Zambian government acquired a credit line amounting to KR 260 million from EXIM Bank of India for the construction of 650 rural health posts across the country.
Health Minister Joseph Kasonde recently announced that three firms from India namely Jaguar Overseas, Angelique Limited and Megha Medical Centres have won the tender to erect the prefabricated structures.
Dr Chikusu who is also Health Deputy Minister, could however not disclose how much monies government has released but commended the Patriotic Front (PF) government for the gesture of bringing health care services closer to the people in line with PF party manifesto.
In a related development, government will tar the Katuba-Mungule road as well as rehabilitate 16 other feeder roads in Katuba constituency in order to open up the area for economic activities.
Dr Chikusu added that the Ministry of Health with the support of the Danish government has released funds for the construction of four bridges in his area namely Chunga, Malundu, Mtenguleni and Shandiongo in a bid to improve the road infrastructure and road network respectively.
“These macro-projects coming up in my area will spur a lot of economic development and l must commend the PF government because it’s a plus to the people of Katuba constituency that their government is working as per campaign promises,” Dr Chikusu said.
The Deputy Health Minister stated that the massive capital projects government is embarking on is not only in his area but the country as whole due to the removal of fuel and maize subsidies which he said should be supported by all right thinking Zambians.
Dr Chikusu further said government has released additional monies to build 10 bole holes in his area to improve water reticulation system as most villagers do not have access to clean drinking water.