Cholera outbreak spreads to 5 more districts

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THERE is a grim development to the Cholera outbreak as it has now extended its reach to five additional districts.

These districts include Mongu, Nkeyema, Chavuma, Kabompo, and Katete.

The Ministry of Health’s last update revealed a staggering surge with 618 new Cholera cases and a tragic death toll of 25 people nationwide in the past 24 hours.

This alarming escalation brought the cumulative number of cases to 6,272 and total deaths to 249 since the outbreak began last October.

The affected districts, representing Western, North-western, and Eastern provinces, are grappling with the dire health consequences of the Cholera pandemic, evident in the daily rising death toll.

Recognizing the urgency of the situation, President Hakainde Hichilema cut short his holiday in Zimba with first lady Mutinta to provide leadership through the situation.

In a Facebook post, he stated, “In view of the escalating Cholera situation, we are cutting short our holiday and returning to Lusaka to provide more direct and frontline leadership in the fight against the outbreak.”

Health Minister Sylvia Masebo is actively engaged in public awareness efforts, donning boots and gloves to sensitize the public on the disease.

Additionally, ministries such as Local Government and Rural Development, along with the Ministry of Water Development, are contributing consolidated efforts to combat the outbreak.

Furthermore, Republican Vice-President Mutale Nalumango dedicated her day yesterday to touring and cleaning the Cholera Center placed at National Heroes Stadium in Lusaka.

By Buumba Mwitumwa,

Kalemba January 9, 2023.

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