UNICEF gives Zambia COVID-19 medical supplies to enhance COVID-19 fight

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The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has given Zambia an assortment of medical supplies aimed at enhancing the response to the COVID-19 fight, a government official said on Tuesday.

Among the supplies includes 3,000 interagency health center kits and the procurement of 310 oxygen cylinders.

Kennedy Malama, Permanent Secretary for technical services at Ministry of Health said the UN agency has also agreed to procure a new oxygen plant with the financial support of Sweden to be installed at Kitwe Teaching Hospital in Kitwe city in Copperbelt Province which will benefit about 3 million people.

He said during a COVID-19 update press briefing that this came following a meeting held between health ministry officials and UN agencies.

The official, who further revealed that the World Health Organization (WHO) was in the process of procuring personal protective equipment worth 1.5 million U.S. dollars, expressed gratitude for the support from cooperating partners towards the COVID-19 response.

The support, he said, has resulted in a continued reduction in test positivity and hospital admissions.

Meanwhile, the country recorded 244 new cases out of 6,248 tests done in the last 24 hours, bringing the cumulative cases to 86,779.

Three people died during the same period bringing the total deaths to 1,185 while 159 patients were discharged bringing the total recoveries to 83,478.

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