Zambia's Lungu thanks donors for the assistance towards covid-19 fight


By Staffer-Rhodesia Times

President of Zambia Edgar Lungu has thanked the Church, the different Political Parties as well as the Donor Community, both local and foreign for standing in solidarity with his government in the fight against the Coronavirus virus (COVID 19) in the nation.

In a message of gratitude was delivered by Health Minister Chitalu Chilufya at the daily briefing on the status of COVID 19 in the nation, at the Ministry of Health Headquarters in Lusaka this afternoon.

Lungu stated that when a country is faced with a calamity the magnitude of COVID the virus, it becomes important for all stakeholders to come together and mount a common fight in unison to ensure that the common threat to the existence of mankind is defeated.

Lungu emphasised the need of striking a balance between averting a health catastrophe and ensuring that the livelihood of the zambian citizens is supported and also ensuring that the economy continues to run.

“On behalf of  the President, I would like to thank all political parties that have come in solidarity with the government and the Zambian people, to come and participate in the collective fight against COVID 19. We would like to thank the church for partnering with the government in the fight against COVID 19. This is as should be,” the Health Minister said.

“I therefore on behalf of President Lungu and His Government, place on record our profound appreciation for the solidarity from the various political parties and religious groupings,” he said.

“I also reiterate our gratitude to all that have participated in the fight against COVID 19 thus far. The corporate world, various banks, the association of the Indian community in Zambia, Lamasat and many others too numerous to itemize,” he added.

The Minister also took time to thank the various cooperating partners such as the United States Government, CDC, the Chinese and Japanese Governments, the British Government through DFID, the UN system, the European Union and the World Bank.

“The community is also highly appreciated. The index of suspicion has been very high and you have alerted us on a number of activities happening in the community that have been of significant importance. And we have worked together to protect the public and the nation from COVID 19,” he said.

Chilufya futher, updated the nation that no new cases of Covid 19 had been recorded in the last 24 hours making it 6 consecutive days without a new positive case and that that the number of recoveries remains 7.

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