Mozambique President Filipe Nyusi, laid a foundation stone for the construction of the Chato Zonal Referral Hospital Today, January 11, 2020.
The ceremony also graced by President John Magufuli and other government representatives, health officials and the general public.
Upon its completion the hospital will attend up to 14 million patients annually, according to the Health minister, Dr Dorothy Gwajima.
Out of the Sh16 billion required for the construction of the hospital’s first phase, some Sh14 billion has already been disbursed by the government.
Dr Gwajima said the hospital, whose construction kicked off on September 18, 2017. will provide services to the people from Kagera, Kigoma, Tabora, Rukwa and Geita Regions, as well as Mwanza and Shinyanga’s districts.
During the first phase which involved the construction of buildings for patients’ services, she said, the construction has been completed by 90 percent with the handing over slated for March 2021.
The second phase of the project, which costs Sh14 billion, has started.
This phase, which has been completed by 37 percent, involves the construction of surgical ward, radiology and internal medicines.
The third phase, which involves the construction of surgical building, reproductive health services and mortuary services, is yet to start.
Upon completion of the three phases, the hospital will have 18 buildings built on 18 hectares of land.
“The hospital, with 436 beds, will have a capacity of attending to an average of between 700 and 1,000 patients per day.” said Dr Gwajima.
However, President Magufuli directed the Health ministry to do whatever it takes to ensure that the construction of the hospital is completed sooner than later.
For his part President Nyusi said he will keep on calling Dr Magufuli every Saturday to get updates on the status of the project.