The cholera situation in Mpulungu district has persisted with 196 cases being treated since the outbreak in August, this year.
This came to light when Northern Province Permanent Secretary, Emmanuel Mwamba, addressed a District Epidemic Preparedness Committee meeting in Mpulungu today.
Mr Mwamba said Government is seriously concerned with the rising number of cholera cases in Mpulungu and urged relevant authorities to do everything possible to bring the epidemic under control.
He, however, expressed shock to learn that K800 million emergency fund released by government to Mpulungu District Council to contain the cholera outbreak had allegedly been misapplied.
The Permanent Secretary observed that the move by the council to buy a tractor and pay
allowances to its officers at the expense of combating the disease is unacceptable and a waste of government resources.
Mr Mwamba, who was visibly annoyed, also expressed displeasure that despite the Department of Water Affairs sinking boreholes in Mpulungu, the District Council has also gone ahead to hire a private firm to sink a single borehole at a cost of K100million.
The PS has since demanded for a full report from Mpulungu District Council Secretary, Jonathan Simbeye, on why the funds meant for containing the cholera outbreak were misapplied.
Mr Mwamba is in Mpulungu to check on the intervention measures put in place by the district authorities to contain the cholera outbreak which has so far claimed three lives.