A consignment of assorted medical logistics and materials worth US$ 66,000 donated by the Turkish Co-operation and Co-ordination Agency (TIKA) as a contribution towards containing the cholera outbreak has arrived in the country.
The donation which was lobbied for by the Zambian Mission in Ankara is expected to be handed over to the Ministry of Health by the Embassy of the Republic of Turkey in Lusaka tomorrow.
In thanking TIKA for the donation, Charge d’ Affaires of Zambia in Turkey, Bwalya Nondo, expressed deep appreciation for the gesture which he said demonstrates the warm relations that exists between the two countries.
Mr. Nondo noted that the mission is also engaging TIKA on the possibility of supplementing government’s efforts in providing long- term interventions that are necessary in forestalling predisposing factors to waterborne diseases such as cholera.
He indicated that the Zambian mission to Turkey is lobbying TIKA for technical assistance in the improvement and installation of water amenities like taps in high density areas especially those that are not planned for, to ensure residents have access to clean and adequate water.
Mr. Nondo added that the Zambian mission will intensify its engagement with Turkish municipalities for possible twinning with local authorities in Zambia so that out of such interactions, technical assistance in areas such as waste management and water reticulation can be provided.
This is contained in a statement made available to ZANIS in Lusaka by First Secretary for Press at the Zambian Mission in Turkey, Jerry Munthali.