Construction of six health posts has started in selected parts of Chipata district.

Construction of six health posts in Chipata district has started.
The six are out of the 600 health posts that government is constructing countrywide and 56 in the province, at a cost of 91 million Kwacha.
And Jaguar Oversees Limited Construction Manager, Satish Khumar told Breeze News that the construction works, which started this month are expected to be completed in April next year.
Mr. Khumar says that the only challenge that may delay the works is the poor road network, especially in the rain season as most of the health posts are situated in rural areas.
He was speaking yesterday at Katambo health post, when Chipata District Health Officer, Davies Simwaba toured the projects.
Dr. Simwaba also toured Dwankhozi Health post, which is being constructed by Savenda Construction Company, with support from JTI Tobacco Company at a cost of 500,000 United State dollars.
He also toured the construction of Walela Health Post and the construction of a staff house at Rukuzye Health Post.
Dr. Simwaba explained that government is building more clinics to bring primary health facilities closer to the people.
Meanwhile Phase one of the 16 million Kwacha construction work of Chipata District Hospital has delayed to be completed.
Chipata District Health Officer, Davies Simwaba says that the phase one construction works were supposed to be completed in April this year so that the hospital starts operating.
Dr. Simwaba was however not in a position to explain the cause of the delay since the whole project is being managed by Ministry of Health Headquarters.
Phase one of the construction works include putting up of an administration block, Out Patients Department, X-ray, Eye and Dental clinic.
Dr. Simwaba says that once completed, the hospital will employ about 200 health workers.
Meanwhile Dr. Simwaba says plans are underway to construct a health post in Nabvutika area and expand M’chini health post.
And Dr. Simwaba says the district is facing challenges of storage facilities for drugs.
He says that the district has enough drugs which they order directly from Medical Stores but some medicines are being kept at Chipata General Hospital due to lack of storage facilities at clinics.
He however, says that in the long run, the Ministry of Health will construct a drug storage facility at Kapata clinic and other clinics.

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