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The government has released K543.4 million for the procurement of drugs and medical supplies

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The government has released K543.4 million for the procurement of drugs and medical supplies in various public health institutions and K67 million for hospital operations.

The money was disbursed in the course of last week in addition to K650 million released in February 2022 for the procurement of drugs and medical supplies.

Secretary to the Treasury Felix Nkulukusa has revealed in a statement that the Treasury also released K355.4 million to the Public Service Pension Fund to facilitate payment of dues to retirees and another K169.3 million to facilitate the ongoing implementation of the Social Cash Transfer Programme.

Mr. Nkulukusa said the Treasury released K100 million under FISP to pay arrears to suppliers of fertilizer and seed, K97 million to help liquidate outstanding liabilities for previously consumed goods and services under various line Ministries, Provinces and Agencies and K694.5 million for various projects and general government operations.

Below is the full statement

TARGET DRIVEN BUDGET IMPLEMENTATION: SEE BELOW, KEY BUDGET RELEASES IN 4th WEEK OF MARCH 2022

The Ministry of Finance and National Planning has continued to release funds; consistent with the programmes approved in the 2022 National Budget. During the past week, the Government released funds to finance developmental programs and public service delivery.

In this regard, K543.4 million was disbursed in the course of the week for procurement of drugs and medical supplies in various public health institutions (Note that in February 2022, we released K650 million for procurement of drugs and medical supplies). In the past week we also released K67 million for hospital operations.

The Treasury also released K355.4 million to the Public Service Pension Fund to facilitate payment of dues to retirees under this pension scheme. Further, K169.3 million was released to facilitate the on-going implementation of the Social Cash Transfer Programme. With regard to agriculture subsidies, the Treasury released K100 million under the Farmer Input Support Programme (FISP) to pay arrears to suppliers of fertiliser and seed for the current season.

In order to remain on course with our strategy of reducing the country’s indebtedness and ensure fiscal sustainability in due course, the Government released K97 million to help liquidate outstanding liabilities for previously consumed goods and services under various line Ministries, Provinces and Agencies.

As announced earlier by the Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, the Treasury also released K805 million in the course of the past week to facilitate the implementation of projects under the Constituency Development Fund (CDF). We further released K694.5 million for various projects and general government operations.

We reiterate the call by the Minister of Finance and National Planning Dr. Situmbeko Musokotwane, MP, for Ministries, Provinces and Agencies to ensure that funds are absorbed and utilised on budgeted projects and programmes – in a timely, efficient and effective manner in order to achieve the Government’s set transformational objectives outlined in the 2022 National Budget.

As announced by the Minister during the delivery of a Ministerial Statement on the newly developed Country-wide Data Collection Tool in Parliament last Friday (see full statement below), the Ministry of Finance and National Planning will embark on a countrywide data collection programme to ensure evidence-based monitoring and tracking of budgetary spending targets as they compare with actual deliverables on the ground.

We now take this opportunity to inform the public that the Ministry of Finance and National Planning will host the first quarter briefing on economic affairs on Thursday, 7 April, 2022, at the Mulungushi International Conference Center. The occasion will be used to discuss multi-sectoral developmental issues.

In addition to other on-going efforts, the Minister will feature on a community radio programme in Mongu, Western Province, on Friday, 8th April, 2022, to discuss developmental affairs with the local community via the radio channel.

Issued by:
(Original Copy Signed)
Felix Nkulukusa
Secretary to the Treasury
MINISTRY OF FINANCE AND NATIONAL PLANNING

8 COMMENTS

  1. Why buying DRUGS, but not medicines?
    Dealing in drugs continues from PF, please people need medicine not drugs.

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  2. Failure of a government….if you can spend one hour explaining what you have done then you have done nothing….this Government is always trying to explain every little detail without any proof whatsoever…..at least PF used to point at infrastructure…HH Chimbwi no plan

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  3. INFRASTUCTURE SURE BUT AT WHAT EXPENSE ?
    NATIONAL DEBT !! FOR THE NEXT GENERATIONS TO PAY OFF
    AND YOU CALLED PF A CARING GOVERNMENT ??

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  4. @Saulosi: WHo doesnt know here that you were a beneficiary of the PF loot maybe thats even how you found yourself in the US you foooolish PF cadre.

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  5. Muzichita report bwino
    The government has released K543.4 million for the procurement of drugs and medical supplies in various public health institutions and K67 million for hospital operations. Do you mean the ministry of finance has released this money to the ministry of health?

  6. AKASO, how many people have already before you finally decide to release the money as if it does not belong to the citizens.

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  7. Eish, this Government shuwa. So this is when they’re releasing money to buy drugs today? Just wondering how many people have died for lack of drugs in hospitals. Mukayapya bakaboke bakantu

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