THE Ministry of Health says the contract to construct the Bangweulu regional hospital was awarded in December 2017 and all relevant procurement procedures were followed before arriving at the contractor from more than 10 bidders that responded to the open tender.
Spokesperson Dr Abel Kabalo has reiterated that the cost of the construction of the Bangweulu Regional Hospital in Lupososhi District, Northern Province, was K154,174,340.72 contrary to assertions by some section of society that have deliberately quoted the cost is in United States Dollars.
“The equivalent of the K154,174,340.72 is US$11,859,564.67. The Ministry of Health further wishes to state that the statement made by His Excellency, Mr. Edgar Chagwa Lungu, President of Republic of Zambia during the laying of the foundation stone was clear as it indicated K154,174 340.72 and not the exaggerated figure in dollars,” he stated.
“The President’s speech circulated to the media that covered the event can attest to this fact. The construction of the hospital is a welcome development to the people of Bangweulu and surrounding areas who previously trekked long distances in search of medical services.”
Dr Kabalo stated that Bangweulu Regional Hospital would be an 800-bed capacity ultra-modern medical facility which once completed, would provide specialist referral services to the northern region of Zambia.
“In addition, Bangweulu Hospital will be a centre of medical excellence in the region, housing consultants in various medical disciplines. The hospital will also provide training of various health personnel, including specialisation under the auspices of the Levy Mwanawasa Medical University to enhance human capital development in the health sector,” stated Dr Kabalo.
“The contract to construct the hospital was awarded in December 2017 and all relevant procurement procedures were followed before arriving at the contractor from more than 10 bidders that responded to the open tender by the Ministry.”
Opposition leader Chishimba Kambwili has said the Bangweulu Regional Hospital would be US$154 million and challenged the government to produce the bill of quantities for the project./SM