So far, 186 cases have recorded following the outbreak caused by consumption of contaminated water from shallow wells, health authorities have revealed.
The government, through the Ministry of Health, has come up with interventions to end the outbreak.
Minister of Health Dr. Chitalu Chilufya led a multi sectoral team, which included Mpulungu area Member of Parliament who is also Presidential Affairs Minister, Freedom Sikazwe, Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit Permanent Secretary Chanda Kabwe, Director Zambia Public Health Institute Dr Victor Mukonka and officials from the Ministry of Water and Sanitation to the area to help implement intervention measures.
He said the multi sectoral team would mount a robust response which would include “an improved access to clean and safe water through use of water boulders and mounting of tanks; distribution of Chlorine to all households; intensifying of health education to sensitize the residents on the importance of hygiene practices; vaccination of all residents; drilling of solar powered bole holes.”
Dr Chilufya also said a fish ban that had been enforced would go on until the situation is normalized.
“…it is the intention of government that cholera does not be spread to other districts by the people traveling to and from Mpulungu to buy and sell fish,” he said.
Dr Chilifya stated that port health services had also be strengthened as an additional intervention.
Reopening of schools in the area has further been postponed while public gatherings have been banned until further notice.
And Sikazwe has appealed to residents of Mpulungu to cooperate with government in its quest to end the cholera outbreak.