Vice President Guy Scott has commended management at the University Teaching Hospital (UTH) for embarking on a project to expand infrastructure at the country’s largest referral hospital.
Speaking at the official ground breaking ceremony for the construction of the new stop centre and ultramodern adult medical emergence unit at the UTH, Dr. Scott said he was delighted with the project.
He said once the construction works are completed, the institution will be able to accommodate more patients.
He explained that the population has increased resulting in the current infrastructure at the country’s largest referral hospital not being adequate.
Dr. Scott said UTH services the whole country noting that the expansion of the infrastructure at the institution was a welcome development.
He disclosed that the construction of the new stop center and ultramodern adult medical emergence unit will help give a new look to the hospital.
He revealed that under the first phase of the construction, K70 million will be spent on the project.
Dr. Scott further said government has plans to carry out other construction works of health institutions in Kitwe and Livingstone.
The Vice President has since appealed to the contractor, Hua Chang construction, to expedite the construction works.
Meanwhile, Dr. Scott has expressed happiness with the performance of management at the UTH.
He said management has continued recording positive results despite the old infrastructure at the institution.
Speaking earlier at the same function UTH Managing Director Lackson Kasonka, said the construction of the new stop centre and ultramodern adult medical emergence unit will transform the physical appearance of the institution.
Dr. Kasonka said government was committed to funding the face lifting of the health institution.
He noted that the construction and expansion of the UTH will help restore public confidence in the country’s oldest referral hospital.
Meanwhile, Minister of Health Joseph Kasonde has implored staff at the UTH to change their attitude towards work.
Dr. Kasonde said the putting up of a new building calls for members of staff to change their attitude towards work.