India has pledged continued support to Zambia in the fight against the cholera epidemic.
India’s High Commissioner to Zambia Ngulkham Gangte said this in Lusaka today when he paid a courtesy call on Minister of Health Chitalu Chilufya.
Mr. Gangte said his government is willing to partner with the Zambian government in order to completely eradicate the vise.
He said the Indian government is impressed with the zeal the ministry expressed when the country was faced with the cholera crisis.
Mr. Gangte said he is happy with the efficiency and the many interventions that were put up in its quest to fight the deadly cholera outbreak.
He said India is ready to join in the solidarity fight, because their interest is in the well-being of the people and to ensure that the nation progresses.
Meanwhile, Minister of Health Chitalu Chilufya said the major drivers of the cholera outbreak was contaminated food and water
Dr. Chilufya said the mismanagement of solid waste and shallow well’s which are a prominent feature in the unplanned settlements also worsened the situation.
Dr. Chilufya said the issue of cholera is an historical issue which calls for a multi-sectorial approach in addressing it.
He said some of the interventions that the ministry has put in place is to provide fresh water using water bowser and burying of shallow wells.
Dr. Chilufya said the banning of street vending and the control of public gatherings are some of the successful interventions in the fight against cholera.
He said cholera cases have since drastically reduced as they are on the right track with the fight.
Dr. Chilufya said Lusaka district alone recorded a total of 3,823 cases while country-wide the cases reached slightly above 4,000.
He said since the cholera broke out on October 6th 2017, a total 75 deaths were recorded.
Dr. Chilufya further stated that over 3,000 cases were successfully treated and discharged from various cholera centers.
He has since called on the Indian government in the short term, to provide household chlorine and bio-enzymes used to biodegrade faecal matter.
Dr. Chilufya added that the ministry will be happy to vaccinate more people, especially those in the cholera prone effects.
He said there is also need to help Zambia invest in the provision of cleaner and safer water through setting up of industrial boreholes.
Dr. Chilufya stated that in the medium and long term, there is need to help strengthen the human resource in the public health and transport systems in human waste management.