Health Minister Chitalu Chilufya briefs President Edgar Lungu after they toured Mafinga District Hospital which is under construction in Muchinga Province
Health Minister Chitalu Chilufya briefs President Edgar Lungu after they toured Mafinga District Hospital which is under construction in Muchinga Province

The Zambia government has clinched an US$18 million loan agreement with the Indian government towards the construction of rural health posts.

Minister of Health Chitalu Chilufya disclosed that a memorandum of understanding (MoU) over the same loan will be signed on January 30, 2018.

Dr. Chilufya said the two governments has approved the signing of the agreement this month to complete part of the 650 rural health posts.

He said Chama district has been allocated 11 out of the 650 rural health centres.

The Minister was briefing President Edgar Lungu in Chama today when he gave an update on the progress of constructing the rural health centres.

He explained that the loan agreement was extended and the Ministry of Health would mobilise following the approval.

He said government had terminated the contract awarded to Angelic company to construct and complete the rural health centres had been terminated hence the construction stalled in Northern, Northwestern, Luapula and Muchinga provinces.

Dr. Chilufya, however expressed gratitude that some of the rural health centres across the country have since been completed and are operational.

Last year, government acquired the U$D100 million from the same government through Exim Bank of India for the construction of hundreds of rural health in the country.

Meanwhile, Ministry of Infrastructure Permanent Secretary Charles Mushota disclosed that government has released K14 million for the construction of the Chama-Matumbo road.

Mr. Mushota regretted that the road works had stalled because of financial constraints.

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7 COMMENTS

  1. GRZ even a small -ish amount of $18m you need a loan? The $42m firetrucks coulda been purchased for $380,000 each and still leave enough for these health centers.

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    • There we go again. Bushe ama taxes yayakwisa? Also after two months there will be no trace of where this money will go. 2021 kwalepesha.

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  2. Awe these loans you are getting and sharing the money is not good at all. You are leading in chinese loans to start with. China will start controlling zambia and they will demand something which will directly badly affect the citizens. Mr E.C.Lungu and the team, the consequences of the loans you are getting will land this country in trouble in future. Learn to be self sufficient. To prove that you are a capable leader, emulate Tanzania’s president plans not just getting loans from china and stealing. Ask those countries around the indian and pacific oceans which got loans from china and failed to pay, are now being controlled by china. Very soon you will land this country in problems. Why did you stand as president of zambia if you knew that you lack vision?????

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  3. For how long are these health posts going to be constructed? This story started in year 1 of Sata’s rule.

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  4. Another of the many schemes to fleece the government of taxpayer’s money by a corrupt pack of thieves. Even this deal must have been hatched and approved at State House for a hefty cut! Koswe Mumpoto! Nothing can be done by this clowns that is above board.

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