Cholera spreads to 7 new districts, kills 23 in 24 hours


THE Cholera outbreak has in the last 24 hours spread to seven districts and killed 23 people.

The pandemic is now affecting 26 districts across the country.

As of yesterday, only 19 districts were affected by Cholera.

The list of affected districts now include; Lusaka, Luangwa, Chilanga, Chongwe, kabwe, Vubwi, Chadiza, Petauke, Lumezi, Mpulungu, Mumbwa, Kapiri Mposhi, Monze, Bwembe, Mazabuka, sinazongwe, Choma and Ndola.

From these districts, the country recorded a total number of 16 deaths, 257 new cases, with 455 patients in admission in the past 24 hours of yesterday as at 12:30 hours.

However, before the senstization message could even be reached, seven more districts from different provinces have also recorded Cholera cases, among which includes, Mufulila, Kitwe, Chililabombwe, Chisamba, Mkushi, Sibuyunji and Nyimba districts, seeing a rise in the number of deaths to 23, which is the highest number since the outbreak with 342 new recorded cases while 579 victims remain admitted in various health facilities.

Since the outbreak in October last year, the outbreak has claimed at least 150 lives with 4,097 recorded cases countrywide.

Today, Health Minister, Sylvia Masebo has announced the National Heroes Stadium as a Cholera outbreak center for Lusaka district as she spent her day leading a multi-disciplinary team for a City-wide mobile Community Sensitization on Cholera in the district.

Cholera is deadly, but it can be prevented prevented through rehydration and early treatment.

By Buumba Mwitumwa

Kalemba January 5, 2023


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