The National Health Training Institute being constructed at Levy Mwanawasa University Teaching Hospital is expected to enroll the first intake of undergraduates in the first quarter of 2018.
Minister of Health, Chitalu Chilufya said the Institution which is expected to be completed in the next two to three months will add three thousand new academic spaces for both undergraduates and postgraduates respectively.
Dr. Chilufya said the Institution will bring about change in the human capital development in the health sector as various health sciences including medicine will be offered there.
The Minister stated that constructions works of the 170 million Kwacha project have reached 90 percent.
He said once complete, the country will also be able to conduct training of specialists which will increase from the current 200 countrywide to more than 500 by the year 2021.
Dr. Chilufya was speaking in Lusaka yesterday when he visited the construction sites for the Institute and the upgrading of the Levy Mwanawasa University Teaching Hospital.
The Minister stated that government is on track in ensuring a universal health coverage for the 16.2 million Zambians hence improving of health systems beginning with infrastructure, human capital and other variables.
He observed that the country needs to train human resource personnel in a robust manner so as to save people’s lives.
Meanwhile, Dr. Chilufya noted that Zambia’s central position and its democratic credentials qualify the country to be a center of excellence in the region where students from other countries are attracted to be trained in the country.
Meanwhile, Dr. Chilufya explained that the upgrading of Levy Mwanawasa Hospital into an 850 bed capacity will be part of the Levy Mwanawasa University Teaching Hospital.
He noted that out of the Zambia-China relations, a US$90 million grant was given to Zambia adding that the funds were being used for the project.
The Minister said the new hospital structure will handle all other health cases while the old building will be turned into a specialized maternity annex.
Dr. Chilufya the works which have so far reached 30 percent, were impressive adding that the hospital will be equipped with modern equipment from the grant which will also include an endoscopy unit.
He said doctors and other workers to operate from the endoscopy unit are already being trained in China.