By ROGERS KALERO
THE Health Advisory Committee (HAC) for Nkana East Clinic has urged the Kitwe City Council to urgently resolve the land issues surrounding the clinic in order to pave way for expansion.
HAC chairman Mark Phiri said it was the dream of the community that the land from 19th Avenue to 20th Avenue was reserved for the Ministry of Health for expanding the clinic into a mini-hospital and with an accompanying block of flats.
Mr Phiri was speaking when the Zambia-Chinese Association (ZCA) handed over a borehole and other water facilities to the clinic which was put up at a cost of K70, 000.
He urged the Kitwe Mayor Christopher Kang’ombe to look into the matter urgently so that expansion plans could be implemented.
”It was and is still the dream of this community that the land from 19th Avenue to 20th Avenue is reserved for the Ministry of Health for purposes of expanding the clinic into a mini-hospital and a block of flats,” Mr Phiri said.
Mr Phiri said despite the unresolved land issues the committee had, through its resilience, managed to protect the parcel of land upon which both the clinic and the police post were standing today.
”Because of this resilience, a modern police post is under-construction and will soon be commissioned. The other challenge which has remained unresolved despite reports to the local authority and visits from the local authority is noise pollution.
And Mr Kang’ombe advised the District Health Management Team (DHMT) to submit its architectural plan to the council.
Mr Kang’ombe said he was aware of the land issues at the clinic and developers of the land near the clinic have been written to over the intention by the community to expand the clinic.
”We have heard the cries of the clinic and intention to expand. So we are asking them to submit the architectural plan on how they intend to move,” Mr Kang’ombe said.