Cholera vibrio arrives in Luapula

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HEALTH Minister Sylvia Masebo has said that Luapula province is likely to record it’s first Cholera case since the outbreak hit the country last October.

This suspicion comes after a patient at Chifunabali district Hospital exhibited symptoms that suggested they were infected with Cholera yesterday.

“Our health teams are currently assessing a suspected cholera case from Chifunabali district, in Luapula Province. If this case turns out to be positive, it will be the first case to be reported from Luapula province since this outbreak began in October, 2023,” said Masebo

She noted that as of yesterday, six provinces in the country registered active Cholera cases. These include Lusaka with 389 new cases, Copperbelt with seven, 28 from Central Province, 16 in Southern Province, three in Eastern Province and Six in North Western province.

Northern, Western and Muchinga Provinces recorded no Cholera cases yesterday while Luapula only had a suspected case currently being assessed.

Masebo further disclosed that the country recorded a total number of 18 deaths yesterday, 16 of these were adults and two were children.

Fourteen of these deaths were recorded in Lusaka, whereas Central, Southern, Copperbelt and North-western provinces reported one death each.

“From the dead, 17 died from the community and were recored as Brought in Dead (BID) while one died from a health facility “and this patient had other complications,” said Masebo.

By Buumba Mwitumwa

Kalemba January 23, 2024

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