THE University Teaching Hospital (UTH)has received four new lifts in the ongoing construction works to upgrade the facility to better healthcare delivery in Zambia.
UTH public relations manager Mwenya Mulenga disclosed in an interview with the Daily Nation yesterday that the four new lifts arrived last week as the first batch of deliveries out of the 15 expected at the institution.
Mr Mwenya said the works to replace the old lifts were going on smoothly with a lot of progress especially after the arrival of the initial batch of equipment.
“The lifts are being delivered in batches and we have already received the first batch which contains four lifts, and they are already being fixed.
“The works are on schedule and so far so good. We just hope with the same pace, there could be progress made towards the completion of the project,” he said. He said the four lifts were being fixed at two locations at E-Block and C-Block section of the hospital to help ease movement of patients and staff to and from the top floors.
Recently, State House assistant for project monitoring and implementation Lucky Mulusa indicated that the lifts at the largest health facility in Zambia should be ready and commissioned within the month, as other projects recorded significant progress.
Earlier, patients admitted to the hospital complained about the prolonged shutdown of all the 15 UTH lifts which had put a strain on their movements to the upper floors.
The patients attributed overcrowding of ground floor wards to the out-of-service lifts at the institution.
But according to UTH, the works were on schedule and as soon as the remaining of the 15 lifts were delivered, they would be commissioned and ready for handover for public use.