Conversion of 5 clinics to hospitals advances
The conversion of five health centres in Lusaka district into fully fledged hospitals has reached an advanced stage.
Ministry of Health Spokesperson, Kamoto Mbewe, disclosed that construction works on the health facilities were progressing well and would be completed on time.
Dr. Mbewe said Meanwood, a local company construction the health facilities, was working hard to ensure that works were completed in the stipulated time frame.
Speaking at a press briefing in Lusaka today, Dr Mbewe said the upgrading of the theatres and the caesarian sections at the five health centres could be completed in the next five months.
Dr, Mbewe said once the five health centres are fully transformed into general hospitals, they would help ease the congestion at the University Teaching Hospital (UTH) and would also enable government to take health services nearer to the people.
He also said the health centres that that would not be upgraded would be referring patients to the new hospitals instead of sending all of them to the UTH.
Dr Mbewe explained that the transformation of the health centres into hospitals calls for the improvement of human resources to work in the new hospitals.
The Ministry of Health spokesperson further said the ministry has since made arrangements to set up a team of consultants to go round these hospitals to offer consultancy services.
The Ministry of Health has embarked on a programme to upgrade Chawama, Chilenje, Chipata, Matero and Kanyama clinics into general hospitals in a bid to decongest the UTH.