THE construction of Kipitubwanga health centre in Solwezi is on course and is scheduled for completion in August this year, says Solwezi district acting commissioner (DC) Chipawa Chipawa.
Speaking during an inspection, Mr Chipawa expressed pleasure at the rate at which works on the clinic are moving.
Mr Chipawa said the clinic would ensure that residents of Kipitubwanga had access to good health care and medication.
“This project will greatly alleviate the health challenges faced by people in this area and improve health care service delivery,” he said.
Mr Chipawa said the health facility included four toilets, a staff house, an incinerator and two hand pumps.
He said Government intended to put up more staff houses to ensure that health workers were accommodated.
“Government’s commitment to the project is a sign that the Patriotic Front Government was able to keep its promise and has the well-being of the people at heart,” Mr Chipawa said.
He urged members of the community to utilize the facility and guard it jealously. And Angelique International Limited site engineer Raphael Bwalya assured the community that the company would complete and hand over the buildings next month.
Mr Bwalya said the project on schedule without any hiccups.
“We have all the material we need to complete this project on time and also in the best standard,” he said.
Meanwhile, Kipitubwanga clinic development chairman Christopher Lwaishya has praised Government for bringing health services closer to the people of Kipitubwanga.
Mr Lwaishya said the PF was the only Government that had listened and addressed the plight of the people in the area.
He said the construction of the clinic had delighted the residents in the area as it will reduce the distance to the nearest health centre.
“Accessing health care has been a big challenge because the nearest health centre to the area was Kapijimpanga clinic which was 12 kilometres away, while Kakombe clinic is 11 kilometers,” he said. He called on Government to quickly connect the clinic with electricity.
The clinic is one of the three currently under construction others being Kyabankaka and Lundula both in Chief Mumena’s area.
The three are among 11 health centres earmarked for construction in the district out of the 74 to be built in the province.