Cholera contained in Mazabuka
Thirteen Cholera patients have since been discharged from Ndeke Cholera Centre in Mazabuka District of Southern Province.
Health staff at the centre told ZANIS in Mazabuka today that only two patients are still admitted at the centre while no new Cholera cases have been recorded in the last 24 hours.
The health staff at the Cholera Centre hinted that the two patients currently admitted could be discharged in the next 24 hours.
The health staff at the Centre said the measures put in place by government have helped in reducing cases of Cholera in the district.
Mazabuka District Commissioner, Tyson Hamaamba, told ZANIS that he is happy to note that no patient died of Cholera since the disease broke out in the district.
Mr. Hamaamba said the swift intervention by government in providing logistics to the ministry of health in the district has cheered the residents as it has helped contain the disease.
Cholera broke out in Mazabuka a week ago and a total of 64 cases have since been attended to by health experts.
Meanwhile, some residents of Ndeke Township in Mazabuka are reportedly drinking illicit beer called ‘Kachasu’ to protect themselves from Cholera.
Mazabuka Town Clerk, Ekan Chingangu, who disclosed this to ZANIS in Mazabuka today urged residents to desist from imbibing Kachasu as the illicit beer is not an immunization against Cholera.
He said government has enough medicine to treat Cholera patients.
Mr. Chingangu disclosed that several Kachasu brewers have since been arrested and huge quantities of illicit beer has been confiscated.
He warned beer traders to stop testing the council by secretly re-opening their premises once they have been shut down by authorities.
Mr. Chingangu said the council will not hesitate to prosecute traders violating the public health act.
Recently the local authority moved in and closed down taverns in Nakambala, Kabobola and Ndeke townships.
And in another development, the Mazabuka Municipal Council has continued collecting and disposing off garbage and unblocking drains in order to improve hygiene in the Cholera affected Ndeke Township.