Lusaka Province Minister, Charles Shawa, has called for proper planning and budgeting in view of reduced domestic revenue collection due to the biting global economic recession.
Mr Shawa says the effects of poor domestic revenue collection is being felt by all government ministries through delayed funding to the health sector and other social services.
Mr Shawa says it is for this reason that concerned technocrats in government ministries and institutions should plan well and put the scarce resources on programmes with potential to yield maximum benefits to the majority of the people in the country.
The Provincial Minister said this during the official launch of the Lusaka Provincial Health Planning meeting for the 2010 – 2012 Medium Term Framework (MTEF).
He told the meeting attended by some members of parliament, hospital executives and cooperating partners among others, that there is need to scale up human resources in the health sector, HIV and AIDS, malaria, TB, nutrition and other public health interventions in order to sustain quality service delivery to the people.
Mr Shawa further noted that there is also need to pay particular attention to strengthening of systems through improved performance as well as improved internal controls for public financial management and accountability.
Mr Shawa added that the key challenge faced recently is the withholding of funds by cooperating partners.
He said it is, therefore, critical that this constraint be taken into account when budgeting by ensuring that first level hospital care is placed under GRZ funding rather than the donor basket.