This wasannounced yesterday here by the NHC acting director of creativity Margret Ezekiel when she was briefin the Deputy Minister for Lands, Housing and Human Settlements Development Dr Angeline Mabula during her inspection tour of the project in the region.
Margaret said the complex covering 24,484 square metres and other adjoining buildings covering 1,039 square metres had three main buildings including one with five storeys, the second with four and the last with two.
She said the construction of the hospital began in September 2019 and the delay of the project was attributed due to various challenges including non completion of the building plan including the appointment of the projects chief advisor.
She said: “Two contractors were involved in the project at different times before it was handed over to NHC. It has made improvements in order to offer all the necessary medical services offered by a referral hospital.”
Margaret said the ongoing construction works include plastering the walls in all areas which do not need major changes, demolishing some of the walls and rebuilding them according to the new plan.
On his part, Deputy Minister Dr Mabula said the completion of Kangwa referral hospital will be a big relief for the wananchi as well as patients needing further treatment for they would no longer have to travel to Bugando hospital in Mwanza.
She thanked the fifth government of Dr John Magufuli for allocating more than 15b/- for the project, whose construction had remained idle since 2011.
In another development, the Deputy lands Minister, Dr Mabula has called on Kiure Engineering Company – who are contractors of Mkendo Plaza – the NHC five-storey investment house to complete it before December 30 2019 else the contract agreement will be abrogated.
Her decision follows the contractor’s failing to complete the work since the signing of the agreement in 2015. Kiure Engineering Company started work in 2017.