HEALTH minister Dr Chitalu Chilufya says the government will ensure that Mukobeko Clinic which was gutted in 2016 is back on track by May. Speaking after touring the clinic in Kabwe, Dr Chilufya said the government had set aside K150,000 to refurbish the gutted outpatient department.
He said the fire had made the department totally dysfunctional.
“8,000 residents of Mukobeko have to trek to nearer clinics like Kawama and Makululu to get health services. That is in sharp contrast with our belief that health services must be delivered closer to where the people are,” Dr Chilufya said.
He said the government was going to embark on a fast track process to ensure that the facility gets back on track. Dr Chilufya said two months was sufficient to finish all that needed to be done.
“We will also ensure that the staff that was redistributed because of the dysfunctional state of the facility are brought back and you will also need to tell us if there are any needs to deal with human resource. We will not only refurbish, we will also re-equip,” said Dr Chilufya.