Copperbelt Permanent Secretary Bright Nundwe has called on all religious organizations in the province to ensure that they meet the set standards as they congregate.
Mr. Nundwe said in statement to ZANIS in Ndola yesterday that all religious meetings in the province should be reduced to less than two hours and ensure that all congregates leave the meeting place immediately.
Mr. Nundwe advised churches to meet other requirements such as providing soap for hand washing, clean up the surroundings, provide clean sanitary facilities, avoid handshakes and sensitize congregants on the epidemic.
He warned religious organizations who do not meet the set standards will have their religious facilities closed.
“All other gatherings should meet minimum Public Health Regulations and guidelines, further I urge all religious organizations in the province to co-operate,” Mr Nundwe said.
The PS said this is being done to ensure quick the control and elimination of the cholera epidemic and also to prevent the spread of cholera in the province.
Mr. Nundwe also called for strict enforcement of the Public Health Regulations and guidelines by health inspectors from ministries of health and local government.
Since the outbreak of the cholera epidemic Copperbelt province has recorded a total of seven cholera cases while at national level more than 2500 cases of Cholera have been recorded.