A Chinese firm, Non-Ferrous Corporation Africa (NFCA) has funded the construction and rehabilitation of a health project in Zambia’s Kalulushi town on the Copperbelt Province at a cost of 17,000 U.S.dollars, an official said on Monday.
The health project is expected to help in improving access to health services by the local people.
Rashid Mulenga, Mayor of the Zambian town said the town has been facing water challenges and lack of accommodation for the health personnel.
Mulenga said NFCA was approached for the project to rehabilitate the local health center.
“We are looking forward for increased co-operations with the Chinese, we thank NFCA for facilitating the completion of the doctor’s house and Chibote Clinic through Corporate Social Responsibility as that will go a long way in improving the health delivery in the district and the country as a whole,” she said in a release.
She urged the residents and our health workers at the clinic to take good care of the rehabilitated health facility.
And residents have expressed happiness on the support from the Chinese enterprise.
Monica Chilufya, one of the residents said the funding of the works at the clinic showed how the Chinese are committed to sharing profits with the local community where they operate from.
“Chinese support towards many projects in Kalulushi is an indication that the stakeholder wants to be part of the community by improving the living standards in their areas of operations,” she said.
Chilufya is optimistic that the bilateral relations between Zambia and China will not remain on government-to-government but that it will have a spiral effect to the community.
“We are just looking forward for more investments in Zambia especially through the Zambia China Co-operation Zone which is acting as a special purpose vehicle for Chinese investment in Zambia,” she said. Enditem