Rumphi East parliamentarian Kamlepo Kalua on Wednesday questioned the K2.5 billion allocated to nutrition saying the amount is too much.
Kalua raised the issue during 2017/18 National Budget deliberations in Parliament.
The legislator said he was not satisfied with the MK2.5 billion allocated to Food and Nutrition Security Program under the Ministry of Health.
He asked the Minister of Finance, Goodall Gondwe to clarify on such allocation of funds to the program.
“Food and nutrition security program, K2.5 billion, I want the minister of finance to pronounce it safe on that allocation, I thank you chair,” Kalua said.
Responding to Kalua’s concern, Minister of Health Peter Kumpalume said the amount is not too much for the program.
“This nutrition thing I think honourable members we need to understand that to win over the fight against HIV/AIDS we really need to provide supplement. This has been a request that we have been receiving over and over again,” Kumpalume said.
He added that the money will among others be used to buy supplements for people that need supplements because their HIV medications are not working properly.
“So I think we should consider this a worthy investment if we are going to win the fight against HIV/AIDS,” Kumpalume said.