Japan Tobacco International, JTI has handed over its 250 thousand United States dollars health post to government.
Within four months JTI constructed Dwankhozi Health post, which is situated in Luangeni Constituency.
Speaking during the handover ceremony, SAVENDA Construction Company Coordinator, Kim Kapela says due to the availability of resources, the health post which was supposed to be completed next month has been handed over before the end of the contract period.
And JTI General Manager, Mike Reach says the aim of constructing a health post in the area is to improve health care to the farming communities surrounding Dwankhozi Primary School.
Mr. Reach says his company has invested about 9.8 million dollars in financing small scale farmers, which includes drilling of boreholes, constructing and providing learning materials to schools as well as providing scholarships to students studying nursing and dentistry.
Meanwhile, Eastern Province Permanent Secretary, Chanda Kasolo says that it is a strong sign when private companies decide not to only build their offices in Chipata Town but go beyond by partnering with government in improving the social conditions of people in rural areas.
Mr. Kasolo says government is keen to partner with any private company wishing to bring development to the province.
He says the health post is commendable as it is in line with government’s intent to promote and enhance private sector participation in the country.