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ZAMBIA RECEIVES $47.28M FOR COVID-19 RESPONSE

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GOVERNMENT has secured about US$47.28m, from the Global fund for COVID-19 response.

Health Minister Jonas Chanda, confirmed the development over the weekend.

Additionally, the Ministry also received committed US$20 million from the United States President ‘s Emergency Plan for AIDs Relief ( PEPFAR ) for the COVID-19 response, respectively.

Dr Chanda further disclosed that about 10,000 Genexpert cartridges and over 4,000 Rapid Diagnostic Test (RDTs) kits are expected in the country soon.

Zambia currently has 1,055 active cases of whom 58 (5%) are admitted to our COVID-19 isolation facilities. Among those admitted, 45 (78%) are on Oxygen therapy and 4 (7%) are in critical condition.

“While the number of critically ill has significantly reduced, these few are in very poor condition. It is observed that poor outcomes are frequent among many who arrive late and in already serious condition,’’ Dr Chanda said.

He reiterated the importance of seeking healthcare support early Mask up correctly and consistently, Maintain physical distance, Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use hand sanitizer ,Avoid crowded places if possible, particularly super spreader events, or stay at home, Seek medical attention early if you are symptomatic. Get vaccinated if you are eligible.

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