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MultiChoice donates PPE and supplies worth K225,000 to Surgical Society of Zambia

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MultiChoice has donated critical Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and supplies worth K225,000 to Surgical Society of Zambia (SSZ) to help the country with the fight against Covid-19 and strengthen its response efforts.

Over the past months, Zambia has seen a spike in both Covid-19 cases and related deaths, with the healthcare system being stretched to its limits as more than 1000 new cases are identified and reported per day.

MultiChoice Zambia, Chief Customer Officer, Mrs Leah Kooma said a surge in Covid-19 cases poses a great challenge to health institutions and increasing medical supplies to the Surgical Society of Zambia is critical to enhancing its capacity to respond effectively.

‘’As MultiChoice we remain committed to supporting the communities in which we operate with investment on issues that matter most to them. In supporting our health workers, we are donating these PPE today which we hope will help and better equip our health workers to fight the pandemic. We also want to take this moment to convey our gratitude to our frontline health workers who are working tirelessly,” said Mrs Kooma.

She added: “I believe that public and private partnerships are important if we are to succeed in the fight against the pandemic and restore our normal social and economic norms in our communities.”

Speaking when he received the donation, Surgical Society of Zambia (SSZ) President Dr. Michael Mbambiko said: “We are thankful to MultiChoice Zambia for this donation because it will go a long way in addressing the needs of surgical health workforce in the country.

“Our ongoing collaborations with key stakeholders like MultiChoice are essential to ensure that we fight the pandemic effectively.”

“We note that as we make progress on the vaccine roll-out, it remains vital for treatment to be available so we can make a meaningful difference in the fight against COVID-19,” said Dr Mbambiko.

The donation of medical supplies by MultiChoice is part of the business’ ongoing efforts to supporting the COVID-19 pandemic response in the country.

Last year, MultiChoice Zambia donated various materials, face masks and 10,000 disposable isolation gowns to the Ministry of Health (MOH) in the fight against Covid-19.

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FAZ to conduct COVID-19 vaccination at Heroes stadium in Lusaka

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THE  Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) in conjunction with the Ministry of Health will conduct a COVID-19  vaccination exercise at National Heroes Stadium on the sidelines of CAF Confederation match between Red Arrows and Simba Sports Club of Tanzania.

FAZ General Secretary Adrian Kashala says the joint exercise was meant to provide access to the COVID-19  vaccine to members of the public that may not have an opportunity to receive the jab.

“We are very happy to provide a platform for members of the public to take the vaccine whilst enjoying a football match. With the fourth wave of the Covid-19 upon us, we would like to urge everyone to consider taking the jab as part of the preventative measures for the Covid-19 pandemic,” said Kashala.

“We may be veering towards a period where spectators will be required to produce proof of vaccination to be admitted at football matches,” he said.

Kashala said FAZ has been encouraging its members to embrace all preventative measures advised by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Ministry of Health.

“Going forward we will continue working with the Ministry of Health to conduct vaccination exercises at stadia,” he said

Red Arrows plays Simba SC at National Heroes Stadium today with kick off set at 15:00 hours.

This is according to a statement issued by FAZ communications manager Sydney Mungala.

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Government and IMF reach a staff level agreement worth US$ 1.4 billion 

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FINANCE Minister says government and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) mission to Zambia, have reached a Staff-Level Agreement on a programme under the IMF’s Extended Credit Facility (ECF) that envisages provision of financial support of US$1.4 billion over the next three years.

Situmbeko Msokotwane said in a statement, that this will be in addition to the US$1.3 billion SDR allocation that was received in August 2021.

Mr Musokotwane noted that the programme is subject to approval by the IMF Executive Board.

“Reaching a Staff-Level Agreement was one of the immediate objectives of the New Dawn Government and a directive by His Excellency, Mr. Hakainde Hichilema, President of the Republic of Zambia that the Ministry should finalize negotiations with the Fund, that had protracted for years, within the shortest possible time, and his is exactly what we have done,” he said.

The Finance Minister added that the IMF programme will provide much needed fiscal space to Zambia and anchor its domestic economic programme, which is based on four pillars that include, economic transformation and job creation, human and social development, environmental sustainability and good governance.

“As a result of the policies underpinning the IMF programme, we will be able to prioritize human development and meet critical Government programmes including social sector spending in health and education,” he stated.

He stated that the policy package also reflects government’s objectives such as provision of bursaries and meal allowances to vulnerable students as well as the implementation of the decentralized programmes under the Constituency Development Fund (CDF).

“We have engaged in many months of rigorous discussions and consultations to agree on an economic and financial policy package that will help us restore debt sustainability, build a productive and resilient economy, and sustain the livelihoods of our people, he added.

“The Staff-Level Agreement paves the way for debt restructuring talks with our creditors. Upon reaching an understanding with the creditors, including through the G20 Common Framework for Debt Treatment, the IMF Board will consider Zambia’s application for the ECF Programme. Upon Board approval, we will have access to highly concessional financing from the IMF and will also be able to start accessing financial support from other multilateral and bilateral partners. Having a programme in place will boost investor confidence and move our economy towards a sustainable economic growth trajectory,” the Minister noted.

He has since thanked the IMF team, and the Zambian team for the hard work that led to reaching a staff-level agreement.

He further announced that on Monday 6th December, 2021, he will hold a joint press briefing with the IMF Mission Chief to Zambia, Ms. Allison Holland, during which we will provide more detail on the Staff-Level agreement and will be able to answer your questions.

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Victor Mundende fired by New ZESCO Board as it appoints Victor Mapani as new ZESCO MD

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ZESCO Limited Board of Directors with the approval of the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) has appointed Engineer Victor B. Mapani as the Managing Director of ZESCO Limited with immediate effect.

According to a statement issued by Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) Head of Corporate Communication Namakau Mukelabai, Mapani has extensive experience in the energy sector having worked in various power utilities and quasi government institutions in Zambia and abroad.

Ms Mukelabai said the IDC and the ZESCO Board are confident Eng. Mapani will execute his role diligently and undertake key reforms that will make ZESCO a profitable enterprise.

Meanwhile, the Board of Directors of ZESCO has terminated the contract of ZESCO Limited Managing Director, Mr Victor Mundende with immediate effect.

The Board of Directors has since thanked Mr Mundende for his services and wished him well in his future endeavors.

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ZAMBIA: COVID-19 STATS

05 Dec 2021, 5:41 AM (GMT)

Zambia Stats

210,312 Total Cases
3,667 Deaths
206,466 Recovered

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