GOVERNMENT will this year construct a hospital in Lusaka West to decongest the University Teaching Hospital (UTH), Minister of Health Joseph Kasonde has said.
Dr Kasonde said at a press briefing in Lusaka yesterday that the hospital is expected to be completed in the first quarter of next year.
He said land has already been identified and funds have been set aside for the project.
“We are serious to build hospitals across the country. This hospital will have a bed capacity of 250 and will be almost like Levy Mwanawasa Hospital,” Dr Kasonde said.
He said the site is being cleared in readiness for construction works.
“This hospital will help cater for the people in Lusaka West and surrounding areas,” the minister said.
Government is also building 650 health posts, clinics and hospitals around the country to improve the healthcare system.