Government, UN in a move to raise US$132.9m

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The government and the United Nations have launched a joint appeal to raise about 132.9 million United States Dollars towards the fight against Covid-19.

Vice President Inonge Wina has revealed that the resources will be used in addressing health emergencies, economic recovery responses, and promoting disaster risk management in the country, among others.

The Vice President said this today during the launch of the International Appeal for Assistance in combating the spread of the Covid-19 in Zambia.

Wina added that the fight against the Covid-19 requires the support of everyone hence the decision of Government and the United Nations to jointly appeal to well-wishers.

She said the country does not have enough resources adding that the requirement in the Covid-19 contingency plan needs local and international support.

Meanwhile, Wina has urged stakeholders not to put all efforts towards coronavirus alone, forgetting the victims of floods.

She said the government has a humanitarian response program targeting 2.3 million people affected by floods and drought.

At the same event, the Vice President also launched the COVID -19 Contingency and Response Plan.

Speaking at the same function, Finance Minister Bwalya Ngandu said the country’s economy will record a negative growth this year.

United Nations Resident Coordinator Coumba Mar Gadio praised the government for the measures it has put in place to fight the pandemic.

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