President Edgar Lungu has assured the Saudi Fund Development that his government is committed to ensuring that the construction of the 800 bed capacity women and children hospital in Lusaka is effectively implemented.
The President has meanwhile called on the Saudi Fund Development to help in addressing Zambia’s challenges that have hindered the implementation of the project.
He said government was eager to see to it that the project commences.
Mr. Lungu said he is delighted with the coming of the delegation from the Saudi Arabia Fund Development adding that his government will ensure that they work together to implement the project.
He said this at State House today when a delegation from Saudi Arabia Fund Development paid a courtesy call on the First Lady, Esther Lungu.
And Mrs. Lungu noted that once constructed, the hospital will enhance health service delivery for women and children in the country.
She stated that despite significant progress having been made in the past decade to reduce maternal, neonatal and child mortality, deaths resulting from complications and infections are still unacceptably high.
She is optimist that the new specialist hospital will provide latest technology and create incentives for positive maternal, neonatal and child health results.
Meanwhile, Minister of Health Chitalu Chilufya said government has prioritised maternal and child health hence it is making prudent investment in expanding services in the sector.
Dr. Chilufya said the construction of a specialised women and children hospital is a key investment that will also bring about improved capacity to train human resource in the health sector.
And Saudi Fund Managing Director Yousef Albassom said his country was pleased to invest in establishing a specialized women and children hospital in Zambia.