Government has released K1 billion for the upgrade of Isoka district hospital in Northern Province.
Isoka district commissioner Henry Mukungule who confirmed the development in an interview with ZANIS in Isoka today, said the K1 Billion which is already in the bank in Isoka is meant for the construction of a few structures to enable the health institution run smoothly.
He named the structures to be constructed as a mortuary, laundry, store room, laboratory and a kitchen.
The district commissioner appealed to the contractor who was currently constructing a maternity wing as part of the K 1.3 billion which the government released in February last year for the construction of more structures at the new hospital site to speed up the works.
Mr. Mukungule said Roll Stone Global Construction Company which was currently working on its final building should speed up its works so that a new contractor engaged to do the works can move to the site.
And residents of Isoka have commended the government for its commitment towards the completion of the new hospital.
One of the residents Wankumbu Mugala told ZANIS that people in the area had passed through difficult times during the six years the hospital had been operating under make- shift structures following the collapse of the main buildings way back in 2000.
Mugala said it was good that the government has put up modern structures at the new site with modern facilities inside saying the hospital constructed in Isoka was a kind by itself in the province and hoped the health staff will be motivated to put in their best in executing their duties.
And Isoka hospital project committee secretary Terry Mukuka has suggested that a local contractor be engaged to finish the remaining structures at the new hospital site because contractors outside the district had proved not be serious with their works and were always delaying the completion of their works for reasons best known to themselves.
Mr. Mukuka said residents of Isoka were in a hurry to see the construction of the hospital completed in good time especially that the government was always releasing the funds on time.