More people benefit from SCT scheme in Katete

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—Over 5,000 people in Katete district in Eastern Province have benefitted from the government’s Social Cash Transfer (SCT) scheme in the second quarter of 2014.


District Commissioner, Peter Kaisa, told ZANIS in an interview that 5,121 out of the targeted 5,456 people benefitted from the scheme and a total of K600, 000 was spent in the district.


Col Kaisa said 3,433 people aged 60 years and above benefitted from the funds while 1,688 other vulnerable people received the funds under the scheme.


He noted that the scheme, which is being implemented by the department of Social Welfare, has been helping vulnerable groups to improve their wellbeing.


Col Kaisa said a number of beneficiaries have engaged in Income Generating Activities (IGA) which have helped improve their livelihoods.


And Col Kaisa says the department also provided social support under the Public Welfare Assistance Scheme in which 174 people received material assistance in form of blankets, chitenge materials and food.


In another development, Katete district has recorded an increase in the Tuberculosis (TB) cure rate which increased from 87 per cent in the first quarter to 89 per cent in the second quarter.


He attributed this to adherence to medication which was a result of sensitization among communities in the district.


Col Kaisa noted that Centre for Disease Control (CDC) supported the sensitization programme which gobbled K37, 000.


The District Commissioner also disclosed that K350, 000 was spent on strengthening integrated approach TB control and prevention.