ABOUT K250, 000 has been released by the government to support interventions in the fight against COVID-19 in Lusaka Province, which is the pandemic’s epic centre.
The funds will go towards surveillance, contact tracing, community awareness, compliance, and enforcement of the COVID-19 health guidelines.
Lusaka Provincial Permanent Secretary Elias Kamanga confirmed the development during the weekly virtual multi-sectoral COVID-19 committee meeting in Lusaka yesterday.
The released funds will be used by the multi-sectoral COVID-19 Taskforce at the district level and the districts started receiving the funds yesterday.
Each of the seven districts in the Province has been allocated K20, 000 for various activities towards combating the further spread of the pandemic.
K60, 000 will be used for surveillance, contact tracing, community awareness and compliance by the provincial health office.
K40, 000 will go towards coordination and enforcement and this will be done by the Provincial Disaster Management and Mitigation Committee.
About K10, 000 has been allocated to the Zambia News and Information Services for sensitization through the mobile announcements
Mr Kamanga was hopeful that the province will receive more funds as it awaits the approval of its contingency plan.
“The resources will go towards the purchase of fuel and other logistics to support the said activities that will be undertaken in the province,” he said.