Zambia records 95 new cholera cases
Health workers conduct spraying exercise at the National Heroes Stadium in Lusaka, Zambia (Xinhua/Peng Lijun)
Lusaka, Jan. 10, 2018 (AltAfrika)-Despite concerted efforts by government , Zambia has recorded 95 new cholera cases in the last 24 hours, with Lusaka, the country’s capital recording 83 of the cases, health authorities said on Wednesday.
In a statement, the Ministry of Health said Lusaka recorded 83 new cases while 12 other cases were recorded in other parts of the country, bringing the cumulative figures since the outbreak of the disease in October last year to 2,905.
According to the statement, cumulatively cases in the capital now stand at 2,755 out of which 2,514 have been successfully treated and discharged.
The cumulative death toll in the city currently stands at 62, while the countrywide death toll stands at 67, the statement added.
Meanwhile a multi-sectoral team assembled to handle the cholera epidemic has urged citizens to cooperate in efforts aimed at tackling the epidemic.
The team said in statement that apart from the oral cholera vaccination which has commenced, the team has continued to increase water points and burying of shallow wells as well as cleaning of markets in order to stop further contamination of food.
Zambian President Edgar Lungu (Front L) visits a cholera treatment centre (Xinhua/Peng Lijun)
“Let us continue to work together until we eradicate this disease completely, medium to long term measures will be undertaken by government in order to achieve this,” the statement said.
Earlier, the Minister of Home Affairs Stephen Kampyongo said the measures have been taken in line with health authorities guidelines to prevent the outbreak of the waterborne disease in correctional facilities.
He told reporters during a press briefing that prisons authorities will not allow food from outside the correctional centers while external movement of inmates has been prohibited as well as transfer of inmates from one facility to another has also been prohibited.
“High levels of hygiene should be observed in all correctional facilities; chlorine, disinfectants and other cleaning materials should be provided to inmates,” he said.
He further said screening of all new admissions with particular attention to signs and symptoms of cholera have been intensified while sensitization of officers and inmates on the prevention of cholera have also been introduced.
He said no cases of cholera have been recorded in any correctional facility in the city.
The government has since announced measures to contain the further spread of the waterborne disease in the city, such as banning public gatherings and prohibiting the sale of ready-to-eat food along roads, among others. Xinhua