Government calls for consistency in monitoring developmental projects
Mkushi, April 13, ZANIS ——- Government has stressed the need for consistency in monitoring developmental projects that focus on community and social welfare.
Deputy Minister for Community Development, Mother and Child Health, Dorothy Kazunga made this statement during her tour of Mkushi district on Saturday.
Ms Kazunga reiterated that the Patriotic Front (PF) government placed much value on the welfare of residents of economically disadvantaged communities, adding that government was implementing various programs to improve standard of living.
She cited programs such as Food Security Pack (FSP), Gender in Development (GID), Public Welfare Assistance Service (PWAS) as being amongst interventions that were being facilitated through departments such as Community Development and Social welfare.
She said that as government was eager to improve the plight of vulnerable people in rural communities, there was need for officers of these two departments to be consistent in monitoring the success of government funded projects.
Ms Kazunga said that in view of the necessity for monitoring, government acknowledged that transport was a crucial logistic for ensuring the success for the government programs.
She assured officers from the two departments that government was making frantic efforts to address pertinent challenges such as lack of transport, but mentioned that such issues were likely to materialize during the next budget cycle.
Ms Kazunga however emphasised that there was need for the two departments to scale up in sensitizing communities about the various empowerment programs that government was running for vulnerable people.
She said that there was need for officers from Community development and Social welfare to reach out towards communities as such a move would help to increase the number of beneficiaries.
She said that Government initiated programs aimed at helping the vulnerable to graduate from poverty to self reliance and that this objective could be realized through the various Income generation programs that are facilitated by Community Development.
Ms Kazunga visited projects such as Donata school for the Disabled, Twesheko Women’s Club as well as the District Hospital.
She also extended assurances to the District Hospital Health Workers, saying that government was in the process of addressing long standing challenges such as the low staffing levels.
She said that matters pertaining to the health of Children and Mothers were very cardinal to her Ministry, adding that she would champion this matter with other authorities.
Ms Kazunga maintained that the PF government was committed towards ensuring the improvements of social as well as health services towards Children and Mothers in the communities.