The Civil Society for Poverty Reduction has commended the Swedish and UK governments for unblocking $47.3 million for the health sector.
CSPR Executive Director Kryticous Patrick Nshindano said in a statement that this is a demonstration of the good relations that the country continues to enjoy with the two countries.
Mr Nshindano added that this is a further demonstration of their commitments to ensuring that the Zambian people especially the people living in poverty access good quality health services and attain a better quality of life.
He urged government to reciprocate the goodwill demonstrated by ensuring prudence financial management through ring fencing of not only these funds but also all resources meant to uplift the lives of the people living in poverty in Zambia.
Mr Nshindano also called on the prosecuting authorities like the police and the Anti-corruption Commission to bring to book all those found wanting through abuse of public resources including civil servants.
He has since commended President Lungu for unlocking the doors that has seen the end to a six-year dry spell of health aid freeze by Sweden to Zambia after the Nordic country raised concerns regarding financial misapplication.
‘We urge our government to reciprocate the goodwill demonstrated by ensuring prudence financial management through ring fencing of not only these funds but also all resources meant to uplift the lives of the people living in poverty in Zambia,’ Mr Nshindano said.
He added, ‘Civil Society for Poverty Reduction will continue in line with its mandate to monitor the execution of the budget and delivery of public services including the health sector to ensure the intended targets benefit.’
‘Zambia continues to record high maternal and infant mortality rates and the resources made available by the Swedish government and UK governments through DFID will greatly contribute to reducing the incidence.