Monday, September 24, 2007
By Noel Sichalwe in Chongwe
Monday September 24, 2007 [04:00]
LOCAL government minister Sylvia Masebo has said about K2 billion has been approved for the construction of Chongwe District Hospital among other projects in the constituency. Donating a four-plate cooker and 100 blankets valued at over K3 million to Chongwe district clinic on Saturday, Masebo said the district would have a district hospital before she leaves office. Masebo said she was happy that the Ministry of Health was committed to the project.
"I am aware that about K2 billion has been given to kick-start the project and I am working closely with the Ministry of Health to ensure that the project starts," she said.
She further said the government was making a lot of improvements at the clinic.
Masebo said there was another project of constructing a secondary school in the district which might be included in the 2008 budget.
She said the roads in the constituency also needed to be worked on and decongest Great East Road. She further promised to connect all schools to the electricity grid.
Masebo said after elections, members of parliament were supposed to start delivering on their campaign promises and not to begin politicking.
She said there was need to do whatever was necessary wherever there was need in the area.
Masebo said she was told that people were cooking at the clinic using charcoal and thought that it was embarrassing to have such practices at a clinic near the capital city.
She said it was for this reason that she decided to donate a stove to make cooking easier. She said there was need to cook in a clean environment especially for nurses who wore white uniforms.
Masebo said the 100 blankets she donated were from an organisation called SIMA through Professor Muyunda Mwanalushi.
She said people wanted to thank her for the efforts made towards the Keep Zambia Clean Campaign through various donations which she gave to her constituency.
Masebo said even though some people did not vote for her, she would always work for everybody in the country since she was a minister.
She said the British government on Friday donated 30 fire fighting equipment of which one would be given to Chongwe district council.