THE University Teaching Hospital (UTH) will soon undergo a facelift following the successful awarding of a contract to redesign the health institution.
Health Minister Joseph Kasonde said yesterday that the rehabilitation and expansion of the largest referral health institution was a priority for Government.
The minister said this at a media briefing to outline the achievements the ministry has scored in the past one year.
"We shall revitalise UTH and I am pleased to say that the contract for the design of reconstruction has finally been awarded.
"This marks the beginning of the new era for the referral hospitals in the country," Dr Kasonde said.
He, however, did not state the firm which had been awarded the contract.
He said the ministry under mobile and emergency health services had attended to 198,778 patients and performed 11,515 operations since the inception of the programme last year.
Training of personnel in the emergency services had been conducted for radiographers, laboratory technicians and coxswains.
Dr Kasonde said there was an unprecedented level of investment in areas such as the supply of chain systems and that plans were underway to decentralise Medical Stores Limited.
He said 21 district hospitals were currently under construction at various stages across the country, alongside staff houses.
In a bid to increase the number of health workers, construction of Senenga Nurses' Training School had started while K5.2 billion had been set aside for establishment of a national training school at Levy Mwanawasa General Hospital.
"Human resources management and development has continued to be a critical area of concern in the ministry.
"Rural areas health facilities are still bearing below 50 per cent staffing level against their respective establishments," Dr Kasonde said.