Cholera vibrio disperses Zambian gatherings, stops weddings, kitchen parties

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WEDDINGS, kitchen and birthday parties among other events will no longer be allowed to take place in some parts of Lusaka where Cholera has wrecked havoc, the government has announced.

Responding to the escalating cholera outbreak that has hit the country, especially in some areas of Lusaka, Government has prohibited mass gatherings and events in the affected areas.

The ministry of Healthy yesterday invoked Statutory Instrument (SI) number 79 of 2017 which will prohibit gatherings of more than five people who are not members of the same family in Cholera infected areas.

This is aimed at curbing the spread of the disease.

Additionally, ceremonies such weddings, kitchen parites at vilanga mulilo are banned in these regions.

Health Minister Sylvia Masebo emphasized that SI-79 would be enforced immediately to safeguard public health.

Meanwhile, President Hakainde Hichilema took to Facebook to announce a proactive step in addressing the crisis through the completion of boreholes to promote the provision of clean and safe water.

President Hichilema and his team are overseeing the installation of boreholes across constituencies, with completed projects in Kamulanga ward, Chinika ward, and Kalikiliki ward.

These initiatives underscore their commitment to providing safe and clean drinking water, particularly crucial in the face of the ongoing cholera outbreak.

Recognizing the severity of the situation, President Hichilema urged individuals and organizations to join the cause, emphasizing the collective impact in improving citizens’ lives.

As at yesterday, Zambia in the last 24 hours, recorded 11 Cholera deaths out of which nine were from Lusaka while two from Central Province.

Since the outbreak in October last year, over 360 people have died from the waterborne disease countrywide with the majority of mortalities coming from the capital city.

By Moses Makwaya

Kalemba January 15, 2024

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