The Ministry of Health has put all provinces in the country on high alert, following the cholera outbreak in Lusaka. Minister of Health Chitalu Chilufya however says his ministry is on track in containing further outbreak of the disease in Lusaka.
Dr Chilufya says of the total number of 48 people who have been affected by the disease since it broke out, only eight remain admitted in hospital. He says six people are admitted at Kanyama clinic while two others are at Chipata clinic.
Dr. Chilufya told ZNBC News that health workers are working tirelessly, distributing chlorine and disinfecting toilets in the affected areas. He is hopeful that his ministry will contain the disease.
Cholera broke out on 6th October, mainly affecting Mazyopa, Kabanana, Chipata and SOS village in Lusaka.
Meanwhile, Ministry of Health Permanent Secretary for administration Kennedy Malama says government is keen to improve the availability of and equitable distribution of trained personnel to all parts of the country.
Dr Malama says already government has improved the output of trained health workers from learning institutions and this has helped to mitigate the shortage of the health workforce.
Speaking yesterday during the graduation ceremony of the Kabwe school of nursing and Agape nursing school of registered and enrolled nurses and registered midwifes, Dr Malama said government has employed about eight thousand health workers this year.
He assured the graduands that government will employ them soon.
The Ministry of Health Permanent secretary also disclosed that government has established public health training programmes in all the ten provinces.
At the same occasion General Nursing Council of Zambia representative Beatrice Zulu encouraged the new graduants to serve the communities where they will be deployed with diligence.
Mrs Zulu said nursing is a noble profession that is about service of humanity.