THE K270, 000 health post construction project at Musakashi farm bloc in Mufulira has reached an advanced stage, says Mufulira district commissioner Chanda Kabwe.
Mr Kabwe said the Government was working tirelessly to ensure that the health sector was enhanced to an advanced level in far flung rural areas and farming blocs which have never had any health facility since the country attained independence in 1964.
He said Musakashi farm bloc was an important agriculture area of Mufulira because over the years it had provided food security at household level in the area due to the good agricultural products the bloc produced.
Mr Kabwe said local farmers were deprived of medical attention because of lack of health facilities, saying the construction of a health post was a plus to them.
“It is unacceptable that after 50 years of independence, the people of Musakashi farm bloc were still seeking their medical services from the neighbouring district of Kalulushi which is a nearby town to the area,” he said.
He said the Government was determined to improve the standards of the health sector by constructing health posts in rural areas and farm blocs in order for the subsistence farmers to be healthy and continue producing more agricultural products for themselves and other residents in the district.
“The Musakashi clinic which is under phase one of construction will cater for a population of more than 3,000 people residing in the farm bloc and the farmers will reduce on spending more money on medical services outside Mufulira because the facility will be just a stone throw in the their area,” Mr Kabwe said. He said the project would be completed before next year considering that the new President Edgar Lungu was eager to ensure the legacy of continuity as he promised all the Zambians during the campaign trail after the demise of President Michael Chilufya Sata.
“President Lungu is the man of his words and the people of Musakashi are happy for him to succeed the late President Sata because he was the right hand man who knew President Sata’s vision of developing the country especially in the health sector,” he said. He said phase two of the project would consist of the mortuary, the maternity wing and the outpatient department (OPD) to cater for the farm bloc population. Mr Kabwe said the clinic under construction had reached the roof level and the erection of houses for the health staff in the area had reached advanced stage.
“This will help ease the accommodation crisis for staff so that once they are deployed to the farm bloc all of them will be accommodated,” Mr Kabwe said.
He appealed to the residents of the farm bloc to guard jealously the project which was under construction by preventing vandals from stealing building materials that are on site.
Mr Kabwe said the small scale farmers could only contribute positively to the agricultural sector if they were conducting their farming activities in a conducive environment equipped with health facilities.