THE University of Zambia (UNZA) Department of Disease Control, Virology unit under the School of Veterinary Medicine says it will conduct laboratory testing of the 2019-nCoV, a diseased that has emerged in China.
UNZA Spokesperson Brenda Bukowa in a statement to the media said the institution is closely monitoring the situation of the emergence and spread of a novel coronavirus named 2019-nCoV and will support any efforts aimed at mitigating its impact.
The 2019-nCoV was identified by The Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention as the cause of a cluster of cases of pneumonia of unknown causes in Wuhan city, China.
The new strain of coronavirus has so far caused over four thousand confirmed cases with about hundred and six (106) deaths as of 28th January, 2020.
And Bukowa has informed members of the public that UNZA also stands ready to support surveillance activities of the 2019-nCoV pathogen in animals, particularly Bats.
“The University of Zambia wishes to assure the public that it is committed to offering solutions through research in diagnostics, therapeutics, and vaccines, in order to curb the challenges posed by emerging infectious diseases such as the 2019-nCoV, that has been confirmed in a number of countries including: China, Japan, Republic of Korea, Vietnam, Singapore, Australia, Malaysia, Thailand, Nepal, United States of America and France; and has potential to spread to new regions, including Africa,” said Bukowa.
Zambia to host IMF staff visit from September 27 to October 1, 2021
THE Ministry of Finance and National planning, has announced that Zambia will be hosting a technical IMF staff visit from September 27 to October 1, 2021. This follows Cabinet’s approval of the Budget Policy Concept Paper on the 2022-2024 Medium Term Expenditure Framework and the 2022 National Budget framework, on Friday 17th September, 2021.
This is according to a press statement issued by the Ministry of Finance and National planning.
“The IMF staff will work with the Ministry of Finance and National planning to understand the key policies and specific reform measures prioritized by the new dawn Administration. During the staff visit, the #IMF team will also receive an update on the most recent economic developments and the prospects for the remainder of the year. The Ministry will further share key principles and priorities that will inform 2022 budget preparations.” The statement reads in part.
USAID announces $18.5 million in additional funding to Zambia.
THE United States government has announced a $18.5 million funding for Zambia.
U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Samantha Power announced approximately $18.5 million in additional the U.S. government funding to support the people of Zambia, including Zambia’s fight against COVID-19.
This was after a meeting with President Hakainde Hichilema in the USA.
Administrator Power and President Hichilema met to discuss the U.S. support for the Zambian people and President Hichilema’s ambitious agenda of democratic and economic reforms.
Administrator Power spokesperson Rebecca Chalif said in view of President Hichilema’s early efforts to strengthen democratic institutions and freedom of expression, since his inauguration on August 24, Administrator Power announced $1.25 million to help bolster Zambia’s new democratic openings.
She said the funding is meant to advance USAID’s activities to strengthen the foundations of freedom of expression and assembly, and help safeguard a space for activists, human rights defenders, oppositional voices, and independent and new media.
Chalif said Administrator Power also highlighted USAID’s recent announcement of $6.7 million from the American Rescue Plan for strengthening the Zambian government’s response to the pandemic.
“Since 2020, the United States has provided more than $33.9 million to fight COVID-19 in Zambia in addition to providing vaccines to fully vaccinate over 300,000 Zambians. U.S. assistance has supported Zambia’s outbreak response, outreach, and communications on COVID-19 prevention measures and vaccine delivery.The pandemic has also generated new challenges for the global AIDS response,” she said.
Chalif said Administrator Power also announced an additional $9.6 million from the American Rescue Plan to help mitigate the impact of Covid-19 on HIV/AIDS programs in Zambia.
She said since 2020, the United States has provided more than $734.3 million to fight HIV/AIDS in Zambia.
“Administrator Power announced $1 million in FY 20 Power Africa Clean Energy funds to strengthen Zambia’s energy sector by continuing and amplifying support for sector reforms to facilitate investment, off-grid networks to expand access to electricity, and health facility electrification to improve health services and benefit neighboring communities,” Chalif said.
Road Development Agency Board Dissolved
THE Board of Directors of the Road Development Agency (RDA) has been dissolved with immediate effect.
Infrastructure, Housing, and Urban Development Minister, Charles Milupi has announced the dissolution of the RDA Board.
“By virtue of being the appointing authority and in line with established law, I hereby withdraw the appointment to the board of the Road development Agency with immediate effect.” Mr Milupi has said.
The minister has since thanked all those who served on the RDA board for the service rendered to the agency and has wished them well in their future endeavours.
This is contained in a statement issued by Ministry public relations officer Jeff Banda