Cholera treatment centres to remain open

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Health Minister Dr Chitalu Chilufya
Health Minister Dr Chitalu Chilufya

Minister of Health, Chitalu Chilufya says cholera treatment centres in all the affected districts remain open for stabilisation of suspected cases.

Dr. Chilufya said the two main cholera centres at National Heroes Stadium and Chawama 1st level hospital in Lusaka will remain open to manage patients.

The minister said this during a ministerial statement in Parliament on the outbreak of cholera in the country.

He stated that the facilities have been staffed with doctors, nurses and other health workers.

Dr. Chilufya said the treatment centres have also been provided with adequate medical supplies including drugs and intravenous fluids to support patient care.

He explained that all Provincial and District Medical Offices countrywide have been put on high alert to escalate disease surveillance activities and have put in place isolation facilities and emergency supplies.

Dr. Chilufya added that his ministry has procured and increased provision of chlorine, medical supplies, laboratory reagents and other materials to all the districts affected by the disease.

He revealed that health personnel and community health workers have been deployed to trace all contacts of infected patients.

The minister further said distribution of chlorine and chlorination of water sources is on-going.

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