Government says it cannot declare the Cholera outbreak in the country a national disaster.
ZANIS reports that the Ministry of Health said the high number of cholera cases in the country cannot be declared a national disaster because less than twenty deaths have been recorded since the disease broke out two months ago.
16 deaths have been recorded of which 11 cholera patients were brought in dead from their homes and five died while receiving treatment at cholera centres.
Ministry of Health acting Spokesperson George Sikazwe said in an interview in Lusaka today that most of the Cholera cases that have been recorded are mostly from Lusaka district and therefore other parts of the country are not affected.
Mr. Sikazwe noted that the cases recorded do not warrant or give a national picture as most major cases have been recorded in Lusaka district alone.
About 723 cholera cases have been recorded since the waterborne disease broke out in early February this year with 16 deaths.
Mr. Sikazwe pointed out that despite the rising number of cholera cases which have shot up to 723 cases , the cases recorded to date are cumulative.
He said the ministry of health is working tirelessly to ensuring that cholera cases are contained.
He said in order to further mitigate more outbreaks in Lusaka the Ministry has started administering oral cholera vaccines in various parts of the district especially those prone to the outbreak and those already hit by the epidemic.
Mr. Sikazwe said some of the areas where the vaccination is in progress are Mtendere, Kanyama, Bauleni and George compounds.
He said that ministry officials have not faced any resistance from members of the general public and the vaccination programme is progressing well.
Mr. Sikazwe noted that before the vaccination programme the Ministry conducted intensive awareness and education campaigns on the importance of the vaccination exercise.
About 723 cases have been recorded in the country since cholera broke out two months ago in Lusaka and isolated cases have been reported in Central, Copper belt and Northern Provinces.