Health Minister Dr Chitalu Chilufya has informed Parliament that transparency and accountability are key in the use of resources released to fight cholera.
Dr Chilufya said all the funds disbursed are audited and that the Government has so far released K64 million to combat the disease which has claimed 85 lives between October 2017, and February this year from a cumulative total of 4,202 cases.
“Even if an audit is done today, no single ngwee will be found missing from the funds being used to combat th cholera epidemic, ” he said.
He said this in response to a question by Mazabuka Member of Parliament Gary Nkombo (UPND) who wanted to know how much Government has so far spent in containing the cholera epidemic.
This was after Dr Chilufya delivered a ministerial statement to update the House and nation at large on the outbreak of cholera in the country.
Dr Chilufya said the cholera outbreak is still active and if communities were allowed to accumulate garbage indiscriminately, use pit latrines that discharged human waste into nearby shallow wells which they drank from, and allowed vending of ready to eat foods in the streets, it could increase cholera cases.
He said donations from corporates and other partners are recorded in a donations register and that no money goes into the coffers of the ministry, as it is channeled directly to the fight against cholera.
Dr Chitalu Chilufya said President Edgar Lungu made a bold decision to contain cholera and so all leaders ought to follow suit.