Police have stormed Saint Mathias Mulumba Catholic Church in Lusaka’s BAULENI demanding that the Sunday Mass is halted and congregants disperse and the cholera epidemic continues to spread around the country.
Police also dispersed Kabwata St Paul’s UCZ Congregants and some teargas was used to resisting congregants.
This is in response to government’s directive that gatherings of any nature are avoided following the outbreak of cholera that has greatly affected the country’s capital city, Lusaka.
In Rufunsa district three suspected cholera cases have been reported forcing the local council to embark on a massive sensitization exercise and cleaning of the surroundings.
Rufunsa Town Council Chairman Bartholomew Kalambalala yesterday told traders that there were three suspected cholera cases at Chinyunyu health centre.
Mr. Kalambalala therefore led a team of soldiers to supervise a cleaning exercise at Mpanshya market and later held a sensitization meeting at Chimusanya market.
He said government was working tirelessly to fight the disease and has since called on the local people to maintain high standards of hygiene so that cholera does not spread to other areas.
He said being in the most affected province, Rufunsa needed to join hands with government in combating the disease.
Mr. Kalambalala added that maintaining cleanliness should not just be in this period of cholera but should be an ongoing thing as it will help government in combating a lot of other diseases.
He has since commended the Zambia Army in the area for partnering with the council in supervising the cleaning of market areas.
Meanwhile, Rufunsa District Commissioner, Judith Chama has called for an urgent meeting with all stakeholders in the district to find a way of supplementing government efforts in preventing cholera from spreading to other areas.
In Siavonga, District Commissioner (DC) has called on churches in the area to improve sanitation and their surroundings so as to avoid the spread of cholera.
Mr. Lovemore Kanyama, who today inspected churches, bemoaned that sanitation in some of the premises is poor.
Among the churches he inspected together with some security officers included the Salvation Army, New Apostolic, Bread of Life and the Shepard Ministries.
Mr. Kanyama urged churches whose surroundings are unclean to improve saying they would not be allowed to congregate next week if the sanitary conditions remain the same.
He has meanwhile encouraged the churches whose surroundings are clean to continue maintaining the good hygiene standards.
The DC said the state and council police, including health inspectors will continue monitoring and inspecting bars, markets and other public places.
He pointed out that the district is working hard to avoid the outbreak of cholera.
“I therefore urge the community to coordinate with the law enforcement agency,” Mr. Kanyama said.