GOVERNMENT has commissioned the US1.2 million maternity one stop shop at Kalweo rural health centre in Mpongwe District.
In a speech read on his behalf by Provincial Medical Officer Consity Mwale during the handover of the Japanese funded facility, Minister of health Chitalu Chilufya said over 10,000 people were expected to benefit from the health centre.
Dr Chilufya further commended the Japanese Government for constructing the facility which comprised of the maternity wing, mothers waiting shelter, youth center,semi detached staff house and water reticulation system.
Dr Chilufya was confident that the health facility would help the country attain the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) number three which is aimed at ensuring healthy lives and the promotion of the well being for all ages.
“This project is in line with the Government of President Edgar Lungu’s vision of ensuring that quality health care services are given closer to the community,” he said.
Meanwhile Embassy of Japan charge d affaires and interim Shuichi Sakakibara said his Government had funded the facility in line with his country’s policy goal which was aimed at improving the health status of the people of Zambia.
Mr Sakakibara said Japan’s intention was to increase the population benefiting from basic health services by two million in Africa in the next three years as announced at the sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI) which was first held in Africa in August this year.
He added that one of the priority areas of the TICAD conference in Kenya was promoting resilient health systems for quality of life.