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Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Polio case has been recorded in Zambia’s Luapula Province

Health Polio case has been recorded in Zambia's Luapula Province

Commissioning of the Kidney transplant centre at the University Teaching Hospital by Health Minister Dr. Chitalu Chilufya
Commissioning of the Kidney transplant centre at the University Teaching Hospital by Health Minister Dr. Chitalu Chilufya

Health Minister Dr. Chitalu Chilufya has revealed that a case of Poliomyelitis has been recorded in CHIENGE district, Luapula Province.

Dr. Chilufya said the case involves a two-year-old boy of Kalima Village who developed weakness in both lower limbs on the 16th of July, 2019.

And the Minister said on further investigations, it has been discovered that 2 out of 34 samples that were tested at the University Teaching Hospital virology lab have been found with the virus in their stool.

Dr. Chilufya said the Ministry of Health has initiated various interventions to mitigate the problem, which include surveillance in all health facilities, communities, and points of entry among others.

He said the Government of the Republic of Zambia is working round the clock to ensure that the virus does not escalate.

He stated that Zambia has not had a Polio outbreak since 1995 and that the last imported case was recorded in 2002.

He said the sick child has a parent resident in the DRC where the disease is present. He also said the disease is present in other neighbouring counties such as Angola and Mozambique.

The Minister said this when he addressed residents of Lambwe Chomba during the groundbreaking ceremony of a Mini Hospital in the area.

He urged the residents to take precautions by taking their children for vaccination especially during Child Health Week.


    • We are tired with UPND cadres’ attempts to politisize everything, including disease. It’s not funny for the child involved. It’s insensitive

    • Not good; not good at all … this disease in the west died with efforts from the United States after Franklin Delano Roosevelt died of it while in office as the 32nd President.

      Delano who was the youngest person to ascend to the presidency at 39 died way too young. We must therefore take it upon ourselves to rid ourselves of this scourge.

      What a bad place to show it’s face from. Liverpool of all places??? Let’s roll and stop this. The smart people of the Zambian Enterprise deserve better.

      Epo mpelele nebo; ne mwina Luapula Ntondo.


    • @Iye. You are bang right. My experience in life is that most people judge others by their own standards. Kaunda was acused of having stolen alot of money, but the guy didn’t even have a house. And when they settled down the MMD started their own unprecedented corruption. So most of these guys on this blog are hopping to enrich themselves if their party gets into power, that’s why they demonstrate such bitterness because they are not yet in power. Don’t follow them blindly.

    • The only other places in the world with a similar problem are Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria. You shall indeed know them by their works…..

    • #1 You must be born from a thieving father. There is no way you can be relating everything theft. Only thieves operate like that.

    • @1,UPND INCOMPOS always think of everyone as stealing money but they never mention about PARADISE PAPERS of a Tax Evading Thief known as Under Five who has money in PANAMA! Group 4s.

  1. Old School, these people you are trying hard to defend are getting rich and not loadshedded why you wallow in poverty. Ask the donors they will tell you how much they’re losing to corruption. You must be a child who is kept with no bills that is why you would support these crooks. These people are not your friends they can auction you to a Chinese that is how heartless they are.

  2. I hope he doesn’t want to justify another trial for vaccines, he’s amongst the most dishonest ministers. His fellow professionals doubt him on the elephantiasis and cholera vaccines. It becomes difficult to lead when your credibility is so low

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