Government has embarked on a project to upgrade Banakaila Health Centre in Monze district to a zonal health facility at a cost of 1.3 million U.S dollars.
ZANIS reports that the project which has been funded by Build It International is meant to increase the capacity of the rural health centre which currently services communities around the kafue river and its islands beyond banakaila.
This came to light when Southern Province Permanent Secretary (PS), Mwangala Liomba handed over the site to the contractor Perfect Finishes investments in banakaila.
The PS said the development is evidence of government’s desire to improve the livelihoods of all Zambians.
“It was only last week when we awarded contracts for the construction of markets and bus stations in the province. Monze is getting about k4 million for a bus station. With this project, Southern province is seeing unprecedented development.” Mr. Liomba said.
He further urged the contractor to ensure the locals benefit from the project by empowering them with jobs.
Acting In-charge at Banakaila Health Centre, Beene Hachoonda said the upgrade of the facility will eliminate patient accommodation challenges that are currently faced.
“We have to refer patients to Monze and Keemba due to lack of accommodation. The coming facility will enable us to provide the necessary services to our clients” Mr. Hachoonda said.
Meanwhile the people of Banakaila are grateful to government for the gesture.
Senior Headman Chizuni Hambotu said news of such development has cheered the traditional leadership and all the people in the area.
Mr. Hambotu said he is aware that such services are the cry of people countrywide and so people in the area are happy to benefit.
“This is a clear indication that our president is for all Zambians. We hope to see him in this area one day. We are very grateful.” The headman said.
And Gift Kapata, a contractor from perfect finishes has said the project which consists of 5 staff houses two wards, a mortuary, an ablution block, external water reticulation will be done within 8 months.
Mr. Kapata added that the company will ensure quality works in order to redeem the reputation of local contractors.
“We wouldn’t want to bring our name into disrepute by doing shoddy works. We are very committed to ensure we put up structures of high quality” he said.