Irish Aid Northern Province Development Programme has expressed dissatisfaction with the pace at which Santa Maria Health project in Chilubi District was moving.
Development Programme Advisor Fackson Nyanga said although a lot has been done, the organisation was not impressed with the pace at which the project which started in
2004 was progressing.
Mr. Nyanga said delays to complete the project in Chilubi which involved among
others construction of a theater and rehabilitation of a maternity block was
delaying the start of a similar project in Kaputa district.
He disclosed that the Irish Aid had so far committed over K2 billion towards the two
projects and was anxious to see them completed so that they could contribute to the
improvement of reproductive health in the province.
Mr. Nyanga observed that Chilubi and Kaputa districts were identified to have the
worst reproductive health statistics in the province due to lack of adequate health
So far, one of the components in the project, the theater block has been completed
and fitted with modern equipment sourced under the Oret programme, a joint programme
between the Zambian and Netherlands Governments.
Construction of two staff houses and the rehabilitation of the maternity block was
Mr. Nyanga who attributed the delay to complete the Santa Maria project partly to
tendering procedures also disclosed that they were currently holding talks with the
office of the Provincial Health Director on possibilities of constructing another
staff house suitable for the doctor.
He said the organisation’s initial plan was that one of the two houses which has
been built would accommodate a medical doctor but it was small.
Meanwhile, Mr. Nyanga has said there was need for Government experts in construction to look into possibilities of using local materials to put up structures in a bid to reduce on the high cost of construction on the Island.
Mr. Nyanga observed that it was more expensive to put up buildings on the Island
because building materials such as sand were not available and required to be
transported by water.