Government has officially flagged off the oral cholera vaccine in Lusaka’s Kanyama compound and other cholera prone areas.
Government through the United Nations targets to immunize 2000 persons with cholera vaccine especially in the affected areas.
Speaking during the flag off Minister of Health Chitalu Chilufya said that the vaccination process should not be misunderstood as a gathering that will promote transmission but a gathering to sensitize and receive the cholera vaccine.
Dr. Chilufya has advised the media to help sensitize the public on the preventive measures of cholera and on the cholera vaccination.
He expressed gratitude that cholera cases have drastically reduced to 80 from 164 cases so far.
No death has been recorded in the last 24 hours which is commendable as many intervention have been put in place.
2,514 cases have so far been treated and discharged in various cholera epi-centers.
The health minister has since assured the public that the downward trend will continue until cholera is brought to a halt.
He said government has escalated the burying of shallow wells and creating fresh water points which will help overcome the epidemic.
Dr. Chilufya has appealed to the public to continue observing good sanitary hygiene and handwashing.
And UN Resident coordinator, Janet Rogan said the UN family will continue to help fight the epidemic and has given 2 million doses of chlorine and 1.3 million doses for mobilization.
And UN Resident Coordinator Janet Rogan said the UN system will continue to help fight the epidemic adding that her organization has so far provided two million quantities of chlorine and other mobilization incentives.