Government has given K65 million to Southern Water and Sewerage Company (SWASCO) to help it stabilise water supply in Livingstone before, during and after the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) general assembly this month.
And Government, through the UNWTO health and green local sub-committee, has procured a mobile diagnostic laboratory worth K46,000 for testing water in residential areas of Livingstone during and after the conference.
SWASCO acting director of operations Gift Monde confirmed the development in an interview on Thursday.
Mr Monde said with the funds received from Government, SWASCO has installed equipment at Zambezi water intake to stabilise supply of the commodity in the tourist capital.
“When the project is completed, we are assuring our customers in Livingstone that they will have a 24-hour supply of water. The project also covers highlands of Livingstone which are the worst hit by water shortage,” he said.
And Mr Monde said the mobile diagnostic laboratory will enhance water quality assurance.
|Fast facts about SWASCO:|
|SWASCO||Southern Water and Sewerage Company|
|Amount given to SWASCO to stabilise the water supply in Livingstone||K65 million|
|Mobile Diagnostic laboratory for testing water||Worth K46 000|
|SWASCO zonal offices in Livingstone||Mushili water works, Maramba, Town Center Post Office, Dambwa Central and Dambwa North|
Meanwhile, UNWTO health and green committee chairman Namani Monze, who is also Livingstone General Hospital medical superintendent, said the hospital is ready to provide quality emergency services to patients during and after the UNWTO general assembly.
Dr Monze said Livingstone General Hospital has been properly renovated to make patients’ stay homely.
He said equipment for emergency and routine use have been purchased while the two elevators at the hospital have been repaired to guarantee patients’ safety and improved work environment for medical staff.
To meet the anticipated high demand for health services during the conference, Dr Monze said specialised health staff have been mobilised to help run the hospital, out-patient and a mobile clinic that will be mounted at Sun Hotel.
During the UNWTO conference, a mobile clinic will be mounted in Livingstone’s show grounds that will act as an out-patient facility for delegates lodging at David Livingstone Safari Lodge and Spa, Protea, Chrismar and Court Yard hotels.
Dr Monze said the mobile clinic will attend to minor procedures, operations and investigations such as bio-chemistry and micro-biology.
Date: 9 August 2013