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National Budget forces District Council to stop openining hospital in Nkhata Bay


Nkhata-Bay District Council has stopped opening a 350 bed hospital due to lack of funds in the just passed 2015/16 national budget.

According to district council officials the hospital was not allocated funds for its run in the national budget.

Nkhata-Bay District Council Director of Administration John Chilenga said the hospital has alot of facilities that need a lot funds.

“It will be a big mistake to have it opened this as their is no funds allocated in the national budget and the hospital needs K40 million per month to run” Said Chilenga.

Chilenga further said the hospital has 105 air conditioners,a mortuary,kitchen with electric cooking equipment and security lights that would cost K3 million on electricity bills per month.

The hospital was scheduled for completion and handover by July this year, according to the team leader of the project of Zingano and Associates Consultancy Bernard Zingano

Meanwhile Ministry of Health spokesperson Adrian Chikumbe confirmed completion of the facility but laments lack of funds for its operations.

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