Written by Collings Kalivute:
The Ministry of Health has expressed dissatisfaction with the delayed and sub-standard construction of the modern incinerator project at Kasungu District Hospital that missed its December 2023 completion deadline.
Deputy Minister of Health Halima Daud, during an inspection on Tuesday, described the ongoing works as of sub-standard quality and commanded the contractor, Etecit Systems, to redo the work.
Daud stressed the crucial role the facility plays in the hospital’s operations as it handles the incineration of wastes generated within the hospital premises.
“We decided to come and see what is delaying the completion of the incineration project here at Kasungu DHO. I am not satisfied with what I have seen, and I have commanded the contractor to redo the work. As you know, the Chakwera-led government aims for structures of high-quality standards,” said Daud.
The main contractor, Raphael Msowoya, of the Etecit Systems, attributes the delay to the devaluation of the kwacha and the scarcity of cement in the country.
Msowoya said they will discuss the matter with the ministry on how to address the challenges that haunts the effective implementation of their work.
“We acknowledge the delay in the project caused by several factors. However, we will engage in discussions with the responsible ministry to determine how we can rectify the challenges,” he said.
The project which started in March 2023 with a budget of K470 million from the Ministry of Health with funding from the Global Fund and Gavi, is now expected to be completed by March this year after missing its initial December 2023 deadline.