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



     On 21st June, a Groundbreaking Ceremony was held in Chipata, Lusaka District for Japan’s Grant Assistance Project for Upgrading Lusaka Health Centres to District Hospitals Phase 2. About 200 people were present at this event including Mr. Shuichi Sakakibara, Minister-Counsellor and Deputy Chief of Mission of the Embassy of Japan in the Republic of Zambia, the Hon. Dr. Chitalu Chilufya, Minister of Health, the Hon. Jean Kapata, Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Mr. Junichi Hanai, Chief Representative, JICA Zambia Office, Mr. Motoharu Ito, Principal, Architecture Healthcare, Nihon Sekkei, Inc, Mr. Katsuo Ochi, Regional Head for Africa and Other Areas, Shimizu Corporation, and other invited guests and many residents of Chipata totaling about 200.
     The second phase of this Project covered the Health Centres in Cipata, as well as Kanyama and Chawama 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 of Ambassador Sobashima(delivered by Minister-Counsellor and Deputy Chief of Mission Sakakibara) at this ceremony, please click here.