Mubukwanu bemoans substandard govt works
By Staff Reporter
North-Western Province minister Nathaniel Mubukwanu says poor workmanship is the cause of disasters on infrastructure.
Speaking when he toured the blown off maternity ward at Solwezi General Hospital, Mubukwanu said that contractors should not be allowed to derive maximum benefits from government by delivering sub-standard works.
Mubukwanu has appealed to officers in the department of public infrastructure to ensure that they strictly supervise contractors engaged to undertake public works.
The minister commended medical staff at the hospital for ensuring that no life was lost when the incident happened.
And briefing the minister, acting Provincial Health Director, Dr Kennedy Gondwe said three out of the four incubators at the hospital had been damaged due to heavy rains.
Dr Gondwe said that the oxygen concentrators and other pieces of electrical medical equipment had also been damaged.
Meanwhile, North-Western Province Permanent Secretary (PS), Willies Mangimela said the preliminary assessment conducted has revealed that about K1.2 million is needed to replace the entire roof.
Mangimela appealed to stakeholders to come on board and help government replace the roof at one of the most important wards at the hospital.
On Friday afternoon, heavy rains experienced in Solwezi blew off 70 percent of the roof of the maternity ward at Solwezi General Hospital.