Over 60 clinics have been opened in Western Province in the last four years and over 5, 000 health personnel have been recruited and deployed to run the health facilities in the last two years.
Lewanika General Hospital has also improved its quality of health care by expanding its operations coupled with the availability of specialist doctors while student doctors and other medical personnel are also being trained at the hospital.
This was disclosed this morning at Lealui Royal village in Mongu District when Vice President Inonge Wina officially launched the ground breaking ceremony of the Lealui Mini Hospital Project.
Lealui Mini Hospital is one of the hospitals out of the 108 mini hospitals and three First level hospitals that will be constructed countrywide at a total cost of 300 million United States dollars.
The Vice President said the mini hospital will serve a catchment population of over 10, 000 people and will also operate as a zonal referral centre for Tapo, Kamal, Ndau and Lulambo health posts.
Mrs. Wina further commended the Litunga of Western Province Lubosi Imwiko the second and his Indunas, for allocating land and has since appealed to the Barotse Royal Establishment to attract more investments in housing, tourism and education in order to make Lealui Royal village a mini city.
And Minister of Health Chitalu Chilufya said government is committed to ensuring that there is equity distribution of development across the country so as to ensure that development especially in the health sector is taken closer to the people.
Meanwhile, the Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE) has disclosed through its Ngambela Nyambe Mwenda that the establishment has allocated more land for the construction of housing facilities for the workers of the Lealui Mini Hospital as the construction site is not big enough to accommodate the hospital and the workers houses.
The staff houses will be constructed at Lwatile area which is a few meters from the area where the hospital will be constructed.
Lealui Mini Hospital will be constructed by NMS infrastructure Limited from the United Kingdom government.