Health experts from various districts in Southern province are meeting in Choma to devise measures aimed at preventing and controlling any possible cholera outbreak in the region.
The experts, who are strategizing on how to conquer cholera and strengthening public health in the province, are drawn from the Ministry of Health, local authorities and the Zambia Sugar Company.
Provincial chief Environmental Health Officer, Emmanuel Kooma, told ZANIS in Choma today that the meeting is expected to come up with several strategies that will help prevent and control possible outbreaks of cholera.
He said the Ministry of Health is determined to curb any outbreak of cholera in the Southern province through measures that would be instituted.
Mr. Kooma said deliberations will also focus on actions to trace the source of the disease in the districts that are prone to cholera outbreaks.
He said among the envisaged strategies being deliberated is the formation of structures at community levels that will be specifically mandated to monitor the diarrhoea pattern and immediately draw the attention of the Ministry of Health.
Mr. Kooma said the Ministry of Health intends to hold meetings with chiefs and their headmen in various districts on the prevention and control of the water borne disease.
The health experts will also be expected to carry out sensitization campaigns among church and civic leaders as well as teachers.
Mr. Kooma said rural health staff will be tasked to carry out sanitation inspections through a door to door campaign.
He said the Southern province needs to step up measures to prevent the spread of the water borne disease, especially that the region borders Zimbabwe were there is severe cholera outbreak.