The Global Environment Facility has given Zambia a grant aimed at helping the country build resilience in areas prone to negative effects of climate change, a government official said on Wednesday.
Minister of Lands and Natural Resources Jean Kapata said the grant of 6,185,000 U.S. dollars has been given following the approval of Zambia’s proposal.
She said the government has been working with the global environment body since 2017 for the project called Building the Resilience of Local Communities in Zambia through the introduction of Ecosystem-based adaptation and that the approval of the proposal was a step in the right direction.
The project, she said, involves building the capacity of communities living in wetlands and forests to respond to negative effects of climate change.
“The project proposal was aimed at mobilizing funds for the sustainable management of wetlands and strengthening communities to be resilient to the impact of climate change,” she told reporters during a press briefing.
The Green Environment Facility will serve as the implementing agency of this project, she added.
According to her, the project will also address the climate change vulnerability of ecosystems in rural communities, with the aim of reducing the vulnerability.
This, she noted, will be achieved by strengthening the capacity of government and supporting rural communities living in wetlands and forests to adapt to climate change effects.
Zambia orders recall of expired drugs supplied to public hospitals
Zambia’s regulator of medicines on Wednesday ordered the recall of expired drugs that were supplied to government hospitals recently.
The expired drugs were supplied by a company called Honey Bee to the ministry of health at a cost of 17 million dollars.
The Pharmaceutical Society of Zambia revealed last week that the health kits recently distributed by the government contained expired drugs, a move that has caused consternation in the country.
But the Zambia medicines regulatory authority has called on the company that supplied the drugs mainly Paracetamol to initiate the process of recalling the consignment.
However, most of the drugs have changed colors, indicating that they were not good for human consumption.
Jerome Kanyika, the regulator’s president said in a letter addressed to the company that analysis of the drugs at the National Drug Quality Control Laboratory found them out of specification.
The regulator has also ordered the company to submit a reporting process, which should include the quantity of the products imported and the quantity collected from various health facilities.
Edited By: Fatima Sule/Felix Ajide
Zambian govt. inaugurates water, sanitation blueprint
The Zambian government on Tuesday launched the water and sanitation policy aimed at facilitating effective and efficient water supply and sanitation services in the southern African nation.
Jonas Chanda, Minister for Water Development, Sanitation and Environmental Protection said that the policy also provided a framework for a coordinated development towards the attainment of universal access to clean and safe water supply and sanitation.
According to him, the launch of the policy has come at a time when the world was facing the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change which has resulted in the unpredictability of water.
He noted that this calls for investment in water storage facilities in order to ensure a sustained supply of water and sanitation services.
According to figures, 72 per cent of the population in Zambia get water from unhygienic sources while 54 per cent had no access to improved sanitation services.
He added that the development of the policy took into consideration both international and regional conventions to which Zambia was a party to.
Edited By: Abiodun Oluleye/Emmanuel Yashim
NIDCOM lauds Nigerian honoured with Intergrity Award in United States for returning $4,000
Dabiri-Erewa extolled the virtue demonstrated by the Nigerian, saying that she had made the country proud.
She said it was gratifying to note that the uncommon act of honesty of Odidika had earned her Integrity Award from the Sheriff of Richland County.
“It is indeed a well deserved award and a great opportunity to celebrate you.
“This is another victory for Nigeria, as another proud Nigerian is portraying what Nigeria is about and that is honesty.
“Thank you for being a good ambassador of your country Nigeria.
“You have portrayed Nigerians in the diaspora as unique, honest, and trustworthy immigrants.
“No legacy is as rich as honesty. It remains the best policy. We must continue to exhibit such behaviour wherever we find ourselves.
“We must continue to be good ambassadors of our country,” she added.
Odidika, who hails from Imo, said she received an email from possible scammers, who had called her on phone and before she knew what was happening, they had sent a cheque of $4,000 United States
She said that she immediately called President Tonna Okei (Ikuku Oma), President of the Organisation of African Unity SC, who immediately called the Sheriff of Richland County, after which “the Police of Columbia City took me”.
Odidika said that she reported and surrendered the cheque.
“Okei called both police leaders and made a strong representation and Odidika was given an award of honesty by the Sheriff and offer of a job on Sept. 2, 2020.
It will be recalled that another Nigerian based in Qatar, Michael Jonathan Asemota in 2018, returned $441,127.99 about N150 million that was wrongfully posted into his account.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Emmanuel Yashim
Africa launches ”genome” lab to understand Covid-19
WHO Regional Director for Africa, Matshidiso Moeti, said this Cape Town.
Twelve reference laboratories in various African countries will provide sequencing, data analysis and technical support services to the rest of the continent, the two organisations announced in a joint statement.
“As we continue to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic in Africa, being able to not only track its evolution, but also assess the possible mutation of the virus is crucial to mounting an effective response,” said Moeti.
The laboratory network will also inform the development of vaccines and treatment of Covid-19 in a way tailored to Africans, Moeti said.
So far, 10 lineages of the virus have been identified in Africa, which helps to track the spread of the virus across borders, according to the statement.
For example, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and South Africa are experiencing localised transmission.
But there is also importation of cases into the DRC from Ghana, Morocco and Senegal.
“The establishment of the Covid-19 sequencing network will help improve surveillance … With genomic sequencing, we can have a better understanding of the pandemic through more precise identification of transmission clusters,” said Africa CDC Director John Nkengasong.
More than 2,000 sequences from 18 countries – Algeria, Benin, Cameroun, DRC, Egypt, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tunisia, Uganda and Zambia – have already been generated, he said.
Edited By: Fatima Sule/Sadiya Hamza