President Michael Sata says the project in which government is set to construct 650 health posts at an estimated cost of US$55 million is meant to increase people’s access to quality and equitable health services countrywide.
The President has explained that the construction project, which is expected to be implemented in two years, will also increase the percentage of mothers having deliveries in health facilities once completed.
He noted that the 650 health posts, which are intended to cater for a population of 500 households which could be translated into about 3,500 people in rural area and 1,000 household, will be established within five kilometres radius for sparsely populated areas.
The project will also cater for 7,000 people in urban areas.
This is contained in an update posted on the social network, facebook, posted by President Michael Sata today.
Mr. Sata has explained that in the quest to take health care as close to the family as possible, his government has continued rehabilitating, upgrading and constructing health infrastructure
across the country at all levels.
He disclosed that last year, the total resource envelope from government generated funds in the 2013 budget amounted to K142,678,845.61, which were mainly targeted at upgrading of general
hospitals, construction of district hospitals, construction of staff accommodations, rehabilitation and extension of health facilities and construction of health posts.
Mr. Sata reported that a total of 29 district hospitals were planned and were under different levels of construction as at December 2013 in various districts.
The President said on Wednesday, he directed his Vice President, Guy Scott to officiate at the ground-breaking ceremony at Lusaka’s University Teaching Hospital (UTH) where a new one-stop centre and ultra-modern adult medical emergency unit is to be constructed at a total cost of K70 million in two years time.
He said the construction of the emergency medical unit at UTH will be done alongside the reconstruction of a two-kilometre road network and the construction of a double deck car park.
Mr. Sata further disclosed that similar projects will be done in other big hospitals such as Ndola central, Kitwe central and Livingstone general.