Open Society Foundation extols government for health posts

Open Society Foundation (OSF)

The Open Society Foundation (OSF) has commended government for awarding tenders for the construction of 650 health posts in Zambia.


Foundation Executive Director Sunday Chanda has also commended government for prudently applying the K260 billion loan obtained from EXIM bank of India towards the construction of 650 rural health posts across the country.


Mr. Chanda has noted in a press statement to ZANIS in Lusaka today that the development was a milestone towards the attainment of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the realization of key components of the vision 2023 and the Sixth National Development Plan (SNDP).


He expressed happiness that the health posts that would be built will be equipped with medical equipment that will benefit rural areas.


Mr. Chanda has since called on government to train more health personnel that will be sent to work in rural health posts while creating better conditions of service for them.


He said by doing so, the rural areas will become attractive for Zambian professionals in the diaspora to start returning home and provide their services.


Government has today awarded tenders to three Indian companies to construct the 650 rural health posts across Zambia.


Minister of Health Joseph Kasonde said the three firms will also install essential medical equipment in the health posts that will be constructed countrywide.


The tenders have been awarded to Jaguar Overseas to construct the health posts on the Copperbelt and Eastern Provinces at a cost of over US$19.4 million.