GOVERNMENT has terminated the contract of African Constructors Company, the contractor engaged to build the third phase of the newly constructed Mkushi District hospital.
Minister of Health Dr Chitalu Chilufya said the construction company was repeatedly delaying works to complete the third phase of the District hospital which costs 14 million despite paying 20 percent of the contract sum. Dr Chilufya was speaking when he toured Mkushi District Hospital in Mkushi on Saturday.
“We have with immediate effect terminated the contract for African Constructors Company and and this should serve as a warning to other contractors to be accountable when given work by Government because it is Government resources ,”he said. He said the pace at which the African contractor is doing the construction works is not good enough to complete the project in time. He said despite the set back Government will still ensure that the project is still completed.
“I am assuring the people of Mkushi that the Hospital will soon be commissioned before the end of this year,” he said. Dr Chilufya said the District Hospital has been constructed at a total cost of K26 000. Dr Chilufya has also Directed Zafec investment construction company which is engaged to construct phase two to speed up the works within four weeks so that the hospital can be operational.
“We need to remedy the situation by ensuring that construction works at the hospital progress so that the Hospital can start operating.” He said.Meanwhile, Mkushi District Medical Officer Mackford Chipili said they was need to speed up the works at the District hospital so that people can start using the facility.
Dr Chipili said at the moment the local people depend on Mukushi District community hospital which has 72 bed capacity catering for 157,000 people plus.” if the newly constructed District hospital is completed it will decongest and efficiently deliver a health to people of Mukushi” he said.