Groundbreaking Ceremony in Chawama for Japan’s Grant Assistance for “the Project for Upgrading Lusaka Health Centres to District Hospitals Phase 2”



     On 13th June, a Groundbreaking Ceremony was held in Chawama for Japan’s Grant Assistance Project for Upgrading Lusaka Health Centres to District Hospitals Phase 2. About 300 people were present at this event including Mr.Hidenobu Sobashima, Ambassador of Japan to the Republic of  Zambia, the Hon. Dr. Chitalu Chilufya, Minister of Health, the Hon. Lawrence Sichalwe, Minister of Chiefs and Traditional Affairs, Dr. Nathan Bachayita, WHO Representative to Zambia, Mr. Junichi Hanai, Chief Representative, JICA Zambia Office, Mr. Katsuo Ochi, Regional Head for Africa and Other Areas, Shimizu Corporation, and other invited guests and many residents of Chawama totaling about 300.
     The second phase of this Project covered the Health Centres in Chawama, as well as Kanyama and Chipata in Lusaka District for upgrading to the First Level Hospitals, by constructing the buildings including an outpatient department and an inpatient department and providing the necessary medical equipment at each of the three Health Centres.
     For this purpose the Government of Japan decided to provide a grant up to 3 billion 908 million Japanese Yen (around 400 million Kwacha).
As this Phase 2 Project will further increase the number of people in Lusaka who have access to basic health services at hospitals close to their homes, the Project will contribute to further reduction of the overconcentration at the University Teaching Hospital (UTH) among other benefits.
To read the speech made by Ambassador Sobashima at this ceremony, please click here.