Minister of Health, Hon. Dr Chitalu Chilufya has reported that Cholera cases have continued to propagate in most parts of Lusaka and also that some districts outside the capital have continued recording sporadic cases that are linked to Lusaka.
“Cumulatively, we have recorded a total of 2205 cases and in the last 24 hours, we did not record any deaths which is a commendable feat.” He said.
He stated that interventions had been heightened in all the affected areas.
” We have heightened interventions in all the affected areas, expanding access to clean and fresh water in Chawama, in Kanyama, in Chipata and we have embarked on a robust program to bury shallow wells that have contaminated water in Kanyama. ” He said.
” Our youths and the armed forces are working closely to ensure that this is attained in the shortest period possible.” He added.
He stated that as they heightened interventions to improve waste management, and other interventions to control the cholera epidemic, there was need for them to place emphasis on certain points.
” Statutory no. 79 of 2017 is active and will be enforced. In this regard, no public gatherings will be allowed in all the affected areas. And in any other part of lusaka where people want to gather, there should be express permission from the National Public Health institute or from the Ministry of Health.” He said.
And the Minister emphasised that they had temporarily suspended street vending and trading in most markets that did not have good sanitation and that they were Focusing on cleaning up the said markets using the marketeers, the youth and the armed forces to ensure that there were good sanitation facilities in the markets.
” We are also unclogging drainages, ensuring that we escalate waste management and more mechanised equipment has been mobilised to expedite this process.” He said.
” At an appropriate time , the central command will give information on the progressive reopening of markets. We must emphasis that we are working swiftly and are putting up a programme where we will progressively reopen markets that meet the sanitation requirements that we have set. ” He said.
And Hon. Chilufya also stated that all food outlets in the Country, up market or Otherwise, would continue to be inspected and that those that would not meet the standards would be shut down.
” In the last 24 hours, we got more results from the laboratories and unfortunately, some more upmarket places have recorded some results that show that there is contamination . And we want to emphasis that this contamination is coming from various sources. Some workers are coming from areas where the epicentre is and sometimes some of the vegetables, some of the products that people are selling in some of these places are contaminated because of flies and the other drivers.” He said .
” It is important for us to continue giving results of food sampled from various outlets and in the last 24 hours, we have closed down some food outlets based on the results we have recieved. ” Said The Minister.
Information released by the Ministry so far indicates as follows.
*The outlets that have so far been closed include:*
1. Hungry Lion in Cairo Rd
2. Hungry Lion at Levy Junction
3. Asian Hut at Levy Junction
4. Wimpy at Levy Junction
5.Hungry Lion at Kulima Tower.
6. Kumushi Restaurant in the Show Grounds.
And the outlets whose samples have been taken awaiting results include:
1.Pick n Pay at Woodlands Mall
3.Mika Convention Centre .