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Cholera Hits 443 Cases

To match Insight CANCER-AFRICA/GHANACholera cases in the country have hit the 443 mark extending to Ndola where one case has been reported.

The scourge is largely prevalent in Lusaka with Bauleni and Kanyama townships hit hardest.

Lusaka has recorded 16 new cases while on the Copperbelt only Ndola has recorded an occurrence.

Recently Local Government and Housing Minister Stephen Kampyongo announced that the sale of foodstuffs by vendors on the streets had been suspended in light of the cholera outbreak.

6 Comments

  1. Austin Bhebe

    Cholera, the consequence of ignoring the plight of the poor in Zambia.

    TWO ignored factors that emphasize governments’ insensitiveness to Zambians – overwhelmingly unacceptable poor sanitary conditions of the nation and the abysmally low levels of access to medical services – have helped in the ricocheting cholera outbreaks now being reported in Lusaka and Ndola.
    It is a shame in today’s world to read that cholera cases in Zambia have hit the 443 mark extending to Ndola since the Lusaka outbreak. This far the scourge has been largely prevalent in Lusaka with Bauleni and Kanyama townships hit hardest. Sadly the only response from the government was a statement from the Local Government and Housing Minister Stephen Kampyongo announced that the sale of foodstuffs by vendors on the streets had to be suspended in light of the cholera outbreak. Nothing about efforts to clean up the country, just reacting to symptoms to unhygienic conditions.
    Contaminated water, unhygienic handling and poor food preparations are among factors that aid rapid spread of cholera. Its high mortality rate is evidenced by the number of cases being reported in the media. Access to hygienic drinking water in Zambia is limited by low investment in the sector, drought, and poor planning that has seen demand for water outstrip supply for years. Cholera benefits from these, and Zambia’s public health system that is totally reactive. The health authorities pay minimal attention to preventive medicine. Even when they have advance notice of epidemics, they ignore them.

    Cholera is not a tropical disease. Low standards of hygiene and quality of drinking water makes it prevalent in the tropics, parts of Asia and the Americas. In the 19th century, cholera outbreaks were common in the United States of America and Britain. Improvements in health standards, particularly drinking water and the availability of flushing toilets have distanced human waste – a great source of the disease – from water sources and made cholera a rarity in those regions.
    Areas where flooding destroys toilet facilities and inject their contents into public water sources are prone to cholera. It is little wonder that the disease has facility to spread in Zambia.
    In many places, water for domestic use is contaminated by poorly disposed human wastes. Yet cholera, according to the World Health Organization, WHO, “is an easily treatable disease. The prompt administration of oral rehydration salts to replace lost fluids nearly always results in cure. In especially severe cases, intravenous administration of fluids may be required to save the patient’s life.
    Left untreated, however, cholera can kill quickly following the onset of symptoms. ” Water management is critical. While routine preaching about use of safe water persists, the reality is that millions of Zambians lack access to clean water. It is advisable to boil water, and avoid ice blocks that could have been made with water from doubtful sources. The cholera bacteria are known to survive the freezing process. Food needs to be cooked properly and human waste disposed in ways that would not contaminate water sources. The good, old benefits of washing hands after using toilets are still important to curtail the spread of cholera and other diseases.
    The Zambian government, in view of cholera cases in Lusaka and Ndola should ask themselves how they spend the millions of Kwachas that is budget for health annually. It is a shame that in the 21st Century, hundreds of our people die from preventable causes while the government tallies the numbers and gleefully announce the statistics.

  2. Rasco

    Government response is quite poor and the main reason is that currently government coffers are dry. Money is being reserved for up coming campaigns. Bring back LUNGU into power again, WHO CARES??????????? Niziko lanyoko.

  3. mailon

    I was listening to a radio program yesterday where a member of the community was complaining that they fail to adhere to simple tips like washing hands after eating because they cant even afford soap.That is PF for you who say “ifintu ni Lungu”.

  4. KA ULE KASAMPA

    If the local authority they are saying that stop selling food staff on the street of Lusaka because the food u are eating they are contaminated with deases which calls cholera…LoOk u ldiots u should collect garbeges clean drainages accases of clean water & good healthy facilities…..Look u ldiots gabwe district has no cholera case were life is below nomal life like in some of this compounds…….so are u telling me in gabwe district the should stop selling food staff in street of gabwe if there is ONE…street there…LCC u pipo should identify areas like chaisa, garden comp, Goerge comp,misisi comp, chibolya comp, kanyama comp, bauleni comp, and etc.so work on this areas….told seat behind the desk and buyser panging on the companies chairs rubbish vingolo muma office fullu vimacondoms muma ceilling boards rubbish. .. there this ka calls him self cephas muchaisa chaisa its finished come in kabs ….. good fresh air roads…no cholera …..clean your houses councils we give u chlorine….idiolts

  5. Timothy

    too bad.

  6. sichengi

    Comment lets not blame prrsident lungu on everything washing of hands nd eating warm food is manageable really.atleast there are massages of sensitisation in some radio stations lets try to follo them.we have a role to play, government also hs a role to play.sad tho for those who hav been affected

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