President Edgar Lungu has asked his critics to give him time and space so that he can work for the good of Zambians.
And President Lungu has commissioned phase one of the Michael Chilufya Sata Hospital in Mpika district built at a cost of K10 million.
Speaking at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport before departure for Mpika, Mr Lungu said his critics should tone down.
He said his message to his critics was “Seleni Tubombeko”, a bemba phrase translated to mean, “step aside we want to work”.
And President Lungu has expressed regret at the xenophobic attacks in South Africa where foreigners are being victimised.
Mr Lungu said there was something wrong which was driving some of the South Africans to attack foreigners.
He said he talked to Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe about the attacks foreigners in South Africa were being subjected to and hoped the situation would be corrected.
The hospital has been named after late President Michael Sata who hailed from Mpika.
And President Lungu says Government is doing everything possible to ensure that Zambians access cost-effective quality health care through provision of sustainable health infrastructure.
The completed phase 1 consists of an out-patient department, administration block, casualty, radiology, laboratory and dental services.
The hospital will also operate as a base for studying problems of delivering health care in rural settings.
President Lungu said the second phase is expected to be completed by February 2016 at a cost of K19.7 million and will comprise a theatre, maternity ward, mortuary, kitchen, laundry and four medium cost houses.
He observed that the growing population and advent of HIV/AIDS and sedentary lifestyles has heightened the disease burden and increasingly exerting massive pressure on the existing health care system.
The Head of State said Government would increase health care service delivery in Muchinga Province through completion of four hospitals under construction in Mpika, Isoka, Nakonde and Chama districts and commencement of construction of hospitals in Shiwang’andu and Mafinga districts.
He observed that the construction of Chinsali General Hospital will help improve and strengthen the referral system in Muchinga Province.
President Lungu expressed optimism that the construction of 61 health posts in the province will help people access health facilities at their door-step.
Mr Lungu expressed happiness that a number of positive health indicators have been achieved in Muchinga among them increased immunization of children and reduced HIV prevalence rate as the lowest in the country at 6.4 per cent.
He assured that Government would employ more health personnel in order to deliver quality health services at all levels across the country.
And Chief Kabinga, speaking on behalf of other chiefs in the province, thanked Government for the infrastructure which he said will provide quality health care to the people.
The traditional leader assured President Lungu of continued support of Government’s developmental projects aimed at improving the welfare of Zambians.
Chief Kabinga however appealed to government to expedite the implementation of the Link Zambia 8000 Road project in the province so that the Great North Road could be reconstructed quickly.