The Ministry of health has confirmed that there is an outbreak of cholera in Mpulungu in Northern Province and as at yesterday a total of 10 cases were recorded.
Ministry of health Spokesperson Dr. Kamoto Mbewe said the first case was recorded on 2nd October .
In a telephone interview with ZANIS in Lusaka yesterday, Dr. Mbewe noted that with the onset of rains it was possible that more cholera out breaks in some parts of the country would be recorded.
He explained that the Ministry had established a Cholera treatment Center in Mpulungu which is providing care to the patients.
He said measures to prevent the water borne disease has been put in place among them health education and chlorine to purify the water.
He disclosed that a total of 660 bottles of household chlorine were distributed through churches at boreholes and households
Dr. Mbewe said Community sensitisation was being conducted in churches,homes, at water points and markets and the District Health Management Team was working with the Council to ensure that safe water was provided to the people of Mpulungu.
He added that the cumulative number of cases as of Monday was 10 and that currently all the patients have been treated and discharged.
Dr, Mbewe further said that cholera was preventable if people strictly took and followed precautionary measures.
He advised people to boil or chlorinate all drinking water and maintain personal hygiene-by washing hands with soap before eating or handling food and after using the toilet.
He explained that food must be cooked thoroughly and must be Kept food covered and eat it while it is hot.