Cholera cases soar to 90
THE number of cholera cases in Mpulungu has soared to 90, with the latest four cases recorded on Saturday evening.
Northern Province permanent secretary Emmanuel Mwamba confirmed the development in an interview yesterday, saying the four are currently being treated and observed.
Mr Mwamba said the cholera outbreak was in the process of being contained in the past three days after 86 people were treated for the waterborne disease and discharged.
He said the situation is under control as government has devised measures to effectively tackle the disease.About 52 cases of cholera were initially reported in the district before the number rose to 69 and 81 by Thursday last week.
He said Government through the Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit have continued the distribution of water filters, alongside chlorine for safe drinking water and oral rehydration salts.
Mr Mwamba said government has also continued to run messages on measures to prevent the water borne disease, which can kill within six hours if it is not treated.
“The public messages have continued running and proved to be effective, as people are coming through with diarrhea cases and complications. We are not leaving anything to chance and patients are being placed under observation and treatment,” he said.
He said a comprehensive approach has been devised and that precautionary measures are being undertaken in other cholera-prone areas such as Kaputa and Nakonde.
Mr Mwamba said government is planning to drill boreholes in the long term and construct ventilated improved pit latrines in Mpulungu, Kaputa and Nakonde as an additional long term solution to the cholera epidemic in the areas.
He said communities in these areas are also being encouraged and educated to observe hygienic conditions.
“The cholera outbreak in these areas is largely attributed to poor sanitation and the lack of clean drinking water. Some of these communities are without piped water and they do not have pit latrines. We are encouraging communities to observe hygiene, including proper disposal of rubbish,” Mr Mwamba said.
[Zambia Daily Mail]