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Water Development, Sanitation and Environmental Protection Minister, Raphael Nakacinda, said Government will ensure increased investment in the water sector, especially in rural areas.

Mr. Nakacinda said Government realizes the gaps in regards to water and sanitation services in rural areas hence the need to increase investment in the sector.

He said Government will ensure that there is equity in the distribution of water and sanitation services across the country which is in line with Vision 2030.

Speaking during a virtual courtesy call with WaterAid Zambia team led by its country Country Director, Pamela Chisanga, Mr. Nakacinda said although the country has made steady progress as reflected in the 2018 Zambia Demographic Health Survey, there is still more to be done especially in rural areas where access to clean and safe water and adequate sanitation services is still disproportionately low as compared to urban areas.

Mr. Nakacinda adds that there is need to strengthen collaboration between government and other stakeholders in exploring and implementing the appropriate technologies that will help to accelerate access to clean and safe water and adequate sanitation services in rural areas.

The Minister has since paid tribute to WaterAid Zambia for its contribution to various communities around the country.

“The ministry acknowledges and appreciates the support you have rendered to the Ministry which among others include the construction of piped water schemes and sanitation facilities in Samfya, Mwense, Mwandi, Kazungula, Monze and Livingstone Districts as well as peri-urban areas of Lusaka.

Support towards the development of the National Water Supply and Sanitation Policy, sector coordination and monitoring and evaluation frameworks as well as planning and budgeting among others and implementation of multi-sectoral cholera elimination plan,” the Minister noted.

And WaterAid Country Director Pamela Chisanga pledged her organization’s continued support of Government projects in alleviating challenges rural communities are faced with.

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