Health Minister Chitalu Chilufya has revealed that 114 new cholera cases have been recorded in Lusaka today with the cumulative death toll standing at 66.
And Local Government Minister Vincent Mwale has revealed that part of the Constituency Development Fund for 2017 have been diverted to the fight against Cholera.
Addressing a news briefing in Lusaka this morning, Dr Chilufya said the country has now recorded a cumulative total of 2,802 cases with 218 under treatment countrywide.
Dr. Chilufya also disclosed that the administering of the cholera vaccine in the affected areas will commence tomorrow.
Meanwhile, Local Government Minister Vincent Mwale says Government will not be able to release the Constituency Development Funds for 2017 because the funds have been diverted to the fight against Cholera.
Mr Mwale said in 2017, only about 70 percent of the budgeted funds were released adding that some funds meant for constituency development were diverted to Cholera fight around October.
And President Edgar Lungu this morning toured the National Heroes Stadium which has been turned into a National Cholera Treatment Centre.
In a related development,UK High Commissioner to Zambia Fergus Cochrane-Dyet said he is saddened by the increase in Cholera cases.
“I am saddened by the increase in cholera cases and wish to express sympathy to those who have been ill or lost loved ones over the festive season. Britain, as Zambia’s oldest friend, is working through UKAid in partnership with the Government of the Republic of Zambia and other development actors to tackle the outbreak of cholera and prevent its spread,” he said.
Mr Cochrane-Dyet, said the U.K. is working actively with the Zambian government and co-operating partners to tackle the current outbreak of cholera.
“We encourage the Government, working with the World Health Organisation and UNICEF to establish clear and effective coordination mechanisms to provide a rapid and effective response to the crisis”
“The UK Government through its Department for International Development (DFID) is working in partnership with the Government of Zambia (GRZ) and other development actors to help tackle the outbreak of cholera and prevent its spread. The UK is providing expertise and financial support to improve outbreak preparedness and response,” he said.
He stated that the UK Government is providing a total of £3.7million (K51,430,000.00 equivalent) over four years (2016-2020) to the World Health Organisation (WHO) to support the Government of Zambia to prepare and respond to health emergencies, including the current cholera outbreak.
“The UK has assisted the Ministry of Health to train 128 health workers in Lusaka districts in integrated disease surveillance and response, provided vehicles, cholera treatment and prevention kits, supplies for diagnosis and information/communication materials.”