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3 MILLION DOLLARS SECURED FOR COVID-19 AND WASH SERVICES RESPONSE PLAN IN THE WATER SECTOR – KALUSA

Water Development and Sanitation Permanent Secretary Joe Kalusa says Government has mobilised 3 Million united states dollars towards the water, sanitation and hygiene Covid-19 response plan.

Mr Kalusa says the resources will also go towards the procurement of water treatment chemicals for Commercial utility firms in the water sector as well as reducing stunting in Children.

He said this when he opened the Ministry of water Development and Sanitation,and the Unicef annual Water, Sanitation and Hygiene review meeting in Lusaka.

Mr.Kalusa said over the past 9 years Government with support from Unicef and other Corporating partners has been able to reach over 4 million people in rural areas with sanitation and hygiene promotional activities.

He said the traditional leadership in the country has also played a significant role in the progress made resulting in over 54 Chiefdoms being declared open defecation free.

Mr.Kalusa has since called for behavioral change among communities  in the  promotion of good sanitation and hygiene practices in light of outbreaks in communicable diseases.

And Unicef Acting Chief Water Sanitation and Hygiene Program, Gloria Nyam Gyang said access to water, sanitation and hygiene services contributes to other developmental goals which include health, nutrition and education.

She said despite Zambia having made significant progress in achieving the sustainable development goal targets for water and sanitation, critical gaps that need continued investment still remain.

Ms Gyang said the National Rural water supply and sanitation program 2019 to 2030 aims at reaching 600,000 people annually with water and sanitation at the estimated cost of 1.8 billion United States dollars.

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