Covid-19 joins Cholera in battering Lusaka


AS if Cholera is not bad enough, the deadly COVID-19 has resurfaced to compound the disease burden of the nation’s capital city, Lusaka.

Health minister Sylvia Masebo revealed that so far about 50 medics in Lusaka have tested for COVID in the last 10 days.

Addressing journalists at during a Cholera update yesterday, Masebo revealed that the country had recorded positive tests for Covid-19 in the past 2 weeks which have been publicly recorded by the ministry of health.

“In the last two weeks, we have recorded some very few cases of Covid-19 in Lusaka, and some of the cases have been from our health workers that are working here (heroes Stadium Cholera Center) so yes we have had cases of Covid-19 and despite Zambia reaching 90 percent in terms of vaccination, the public must know that yes we are high with immunity, but we still have Covid.

Meanwhile, Ministry of Health Director of Infectious Diseases, Professor LLoyd Mulenga said that there has been currently an increase in respiratory infections hospitals.

“Many health workers affected are in Lusaka from clinics, UTH, Levy Mwanawasa hospital, and others, but those that we have documented are about 50 and we have given them treatment for covid. So we have been seeing a number of cases. We even had a Covid-19 death. We had someone who had died and had other things but they also saw Covid. That was last week and from Levy Mwanawasa medical hospital,” Prof Mulenga revealed.

He added that most of the people affected with Covid-19 currently are from the middle aged group.

Symptoms of Covid-19 include, Fever or chills, Cough, Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, Fatigue, Muscle or body aches and Headache. Visit your nearest medical facility Immediately you begin to experience any of these symptoms severally

By Buumba Mwitumwa

Kalemba January 13, 2024


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