Health minister Dr. Joseph Kasonde has announced that government has indefinitely suspended the project to construct 650 rural health posts across the country due to lack of funds, government has also failed to pay the commitment fees to the contractors.
Typical of the PF government, last year in July there was pomp and wide publicity about the construction of 650 rural health posts after acquiring a K260 billion credit line with Exim bank and went ahead to award the contract to three Indian firms but today this project has turned out to be another ‘donchi kubeba’ to poor Zambians.
The three companies awarded tenders were Jaguar Overseas to construct the health posts on the Copperbelt and Eastern Provinces at a total cost of 19,468,236 US dollars. Another Indian company, Angelique Limited won the tender to construct rural health posts in North-Western, Northern, Muchinga and Luapula Provinces at a total cost of 18,100,000 US dollars while the third firm called Megha Medical Centres was to work on the health posts in Western, Southern and Lusaka Provinces at a cost of 18,387,160 United States dollars.
Dr. Kasonde disclosed the reverse news in a ministerial statement in parliament and this means the poor Zambians in rural areas will continue to receive mediocre health care services which ailing dictator Michael Sata promised to revamp once elected.
Sources from the ministry of health told the Zambian Watchdog that in addition to the delayed securing of funds from Exim bank, government has failed to pay its commitment fee to the contractors.