The Zambian President, His Excellency Mr. Michael Sata on 20th April 2013 commissioned the Shangombo District Hospital in Western Province.
The fully fledged hospital with modern equipment was built at a total cost of KR26 million. It is a 130 bed capacity hospital with 4 wards. The Laboratory, Theatre, Maternity Ward and the Mortuary all have state-of-the-art medical equipment.
Shangombo district is one of the remotest rural areas in Zambia. It is about 1,110 kilometers from Zambia’s Capital City Lusaka using the Livingstone-Sesheke-Shangombo route.
The hospital has 4 wards, a female ward, a male ward, a children’s ward and a maternity ward. The hospital’s total workforce establishment is 181 but currently has only 125 members of staff, leaving a deficit of 56 staff.
Speaking when he commissioned the hospital, President Sata directed Communication and Energy Minister, Mr. Christopher Yaluma to connect Shangombo to the national grid so that the hospital would have electricity 24 hours a day.
Currently, the hospital uses a generator and this is switched off at 22:00 hours and only switched on the following morning at 06:00 hours.
President Sata said it was a shame that 48 years after independence, shangombo and other remote areas in Zambia expressed elevated levels of poverty. He directed his Ministers to work hard and keep the promises they gave to the Zambian people during the campaign for elections.
“It is a shame that some children here in Shangombo will never wear shoes in their lives while you as Ministers continue to get fat. You are getting fatter and fatter every day while the people who employed you are getting poorer every day. Shame on you”, the President said.
And speaking at the same function, Health Minister, Dr. Joseph Kasonde said the building of the hospital in Shangombo district was the start of greater changes to happen not only to the people of Shangombo but the entire nation.
Dr. Kasonde urged the people of shangombo to look after the hospital well if they were to receive maximum benefit from it.
Meanwhile, the Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE) had paid tribute to the Patriotic Party (PF) government for taking development to Western Province.
Acting Ngambela for the BRE, Mr. Lifuna Siisi, Induna Kalonga said the Litunga of Western Province was happy with government’s developmental activities in Western Province and would always work with them to enhance development in the Province.
“I am here today on behalf of the Litunga and my accompanying the President is because the Litunga is impressed with what the government is doing here in our Province” he said.