Cholera Patients in a tent
Cholera Patients in a tent

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.

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    • Now PF is telling us IT IS NORMAL to have CHOLERA – so we shouldn’t worry – trying to get away with INCOMPETENCE & GROSS NEGLIGENCE!!!! Simple CLEAN WATER SUPPLIES which they have failed, YET GET HUGE LOANS JUST TO FUND THEIR HIGH LIFE & JAMEISON’s DRUNKENESS!!!!

      Vote wisely 11/8/2016!! Vote Zambia Forward 11/8/2016!!

      PF KUYA BEBELE!!!

      #Chagwamustfall!!

      I thank you!!

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  1. Now PF is telling us IT IS NORMAL to have CHOLERA – so we shouldn’t worry – trying to get away with INCOMPETENCE & GROSS NEGLIGENCE!!!! Simple CLEAN WATER SUPPLIES which they have failed, YET GET HUGE LOANS JUST TO FUND THEIR HIGH LIFE & JAMEISON’s DRUNKENESS!!!!

    Vote wisely 11/8/2016!! Vote Zambia Forward 11/8/2016!!

    PF KUYA BEBELE!!!

    #Chagwamustfall!!

    I thank you!!

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  2. 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. If Cholera outbreak is not a national disaster, why is it still harming our people in Lusaka, Central, Copper Belt and Northern Provinces? A disaster is a sudden, calamitous event that seriously disrupts the functioning of a community or society and causes human, material, and economic or environmental losses that exceed the community’s or society’s ability to cope using its own resources. (VULNERABILITY+ HAZARD ) / CAPACITY = DISASTER. Did Mr. Sikazwe do his Grade 1 to 4 in Mother Tongue (vernacular)? Whether its in Mtendere or Kanyama or Bauleni, it qualifies.

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  3. CHOLERA IS A NATIONAL FILTHY DISASTER. EVEN JUST PEOPLE GETTING SICK OF CHOLERA WITHOUT RECORDING ANY DEATH IS STILL A NATIONAL DISASTER BECAUSE IN THE FIRST PLACE WE ARE NOT SUPPOSED TO HAVE CHOLERA IN THE COUNTRY. SUPPOSING ONE OF THE CHILDREN OF THE MINISTER OF HEALTH HAD CONTRACTED AND DIED OF CHOLERA- CAN IT STILL NOT BE A NATIONAL DISASTER? SO, HOW MANY DEATHS DOES THE GOVERNMENT WANT TO RECORD?

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  4. I was in Zambia n the sat three ewes and was panic stricken at eating or drinking tap water as I got a travellers tummy. I went to a private clinic where I tried to convince the clinicians to check for chop muh to thi bemusement! They assured me I had a reaction to change in diet. I stopped hammering Nshima and rape, delele immediately.

    The morale in the tale is that we must not cause panic in the population. I now can comment on Zambia accurately and fairer since I did the lot……Loadshedding, nightmare local bus transportation….trying to get family Records from City Council, local hospital..oh yeah and how I spent more on being bribed to get civil servants in those institutions to JUST do their job!!

    I’d still vote PF though much to the chagrin of my best friends in…

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    • THAT WAS supposed to be…..
      I was in Zambia in the last three weeks and was panic stricken at eating or drinking tap water as I got a travellers tummy. I went to a private clinic where I tried to convince the clinicians to check for chop muh to thi bemusement! They assured me I had a reaction to change in diet. I stopped hammering Nshima and LAPE and delele immediately. Put an R in front of lape!

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    • ‘tried to convince the clinicians to check for CHOLERA much to their bemusement! ‘

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  5. We don’t wait until cholera strikes to keep our surroundings clean and good drainage systems. It is a disease that can be easily prevented; Educate the people on the importance of keeping our environment clean, improve the drainage systems, drink only water that you have boiled or treated with chlorine, eat only foods that have been thoroughly cooked and are still hot, or fruit that you have peeled yourself, avoid under-cooked or raw food, make sure all vegetables are cooked & avoid salads, avoid foods and beverages from street vendors (educate the vendors on how they should do their vending) – there are streets vendors is South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, etc but they know how to package their wares hygienically and hence there are no cholera cases. God bless Zambia!

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