Copperbelt Province Permanent Secretary Rev. Howard Sikwela has instructed all councils in the province to urgently and vigorously address the issue of dog bites by enforcing the dog control Act.
Rev. Sikwela said Copperbelt province is still grappling with the problem of increased cases of dog bites because most dogs are unvaccinated and that this could result in the spread of rabies.
ZANIS reports that Rev. Sikwela said this in a speech read on his behalf by Provincial Deputy Permanent Secretary Elias Kamanga during the second Copperbelt provincial epidemics preparedness, prevention, management and control encompassing health infrastructure meeting in 2016 held in Ndola yesterday.
“I am cognisant of the fact that we still have cases of typhoid, dysentery and chicken pox being recorded in some districts. From now onwards we need “to walk the talk.” With this instruction I hope to see a reduction in dog bites in the province as it is costly to procure anti-rabies vaccines.
Rev. Sikwela said in most health facilities there are a high number of non-communicable diseases which are being recorded and these include hypertension, diabetes and cancer.
He reiterated the call by Vice President Inonge Wina to continue promoting healthy life styles by exercising and not smoking in public places as a measure to control non-communicable diseases.
He observed that the province has a high number of maternal deaths that are occurring in health institutions and at community level.
There is need to urgently address the problem by doing all that is necessary with other partners to ensure that no woman dies while giving life saying child bearing is supposed to be a safe and natural processes notwithstanding a few challenges that may occur at times, said the permanent secretary.
He has since implored the provincial medical officer to thoroughly investigate any maternal death in the province and apply the appropriate responses to mitigate against further deaths.
The purpose of the meeting is to promote collaboration and synergies in the preparedness, prevention, management and control of disease outbreaks in our province as it affords an opportunity to measure the effectiveness as well as the efficiency of the interventions that we have undertaken in response to the epidemics that could have occurred from within the province or may occur as a result of the rain season or disease threats that could be coming from outside our province.