By Nation Reporter
GOVERNMENT has threatened to terminate a contract of Mercury Lines who have been hired to build Mufulira District Hospital in Mufulira Central constituency because of the slow pace it is executing the project.
Health minister Dr Chitalu Chilufya expressed disappointment with the slow pace at which the first ultra-modern referral hospital was being constructed.
Speaking when he paid a courtesy call on the district commissioner’s office in Mufulira, Dr Chilufya said Government was alive to many challenges the residents were facing in the health sector and construction of the facility was to cushion that burden.
Dr. Chilufya said Government was working hard to support local contractors like Mercury Line Construction but in many cases they had failed to deliver when the Government was working hard to ensure that health services were delivered to the people.
He cited one incident in Mkushi district where Government was forced to terminate a contract with a local contractor.
“If remedy for the contractor building the hospital is not found, I will be left with no option because progress is very slow and disappointing,” he said.
Dr. Chilufya said that a technical team would be reviewing all options in the Mufulira case and recommendations would be expected in the course of the week.
He explains that Mufulira was a key town and Government was aware of the challenges that the town was facing in the health sector.
Construction of phase one of Mufulira District Hospital kicked off in February 2015 at a total cost of K13 million.
The project was expected to be completed within 18 months.