As Zambia continues to witness a spike in cases of Coronavirus disease, the Minister of Health has called for multi-sectoral enforcement of public health guidelines.
Dr Chanda has also encouraged the use of additional local home-based and traditional remedies to manage the less fever and non-symptomatic patients at home.
And the Minister of Health has announced that the Maina Soko military hospital is now the new additional isolation centre.
He says the Maina Soko military hospital will admit moderate to less critical patients.
Dr Chanda further disclosed that the Ministry of Health has seconded staff to work with the existing staff at the facility.
He says the development will assist in improving clinical management as the Levy Mwanawasa and the University Teaching hospitals isolation centre are decongested.
Dr Chanda expressed optimism that the decongesting of the two isolation centres will result in the efficient utilisation of oxygen and better patient outcomes.
Zambia has recorded 1,531 Coronavirus cases out of the 8,749 tests conducted in the last 24 hours.
According to a Ministerial statement issued and signed by Minister of Health, Jones Chanda, the country’s cumulative number of COVID-19 cases now stand at 37,605.
Dr Chanda revealed that 305 patients are currently in government healthcare facilities with 206 on oxygen therapy while 16 are in a critical state.
The Minister of Health disclosed that a total of 1,053 people are due for discharged today bringing the cumulative recoveries to 26,159.
On a sad note the country has recorded 9 mortalities with 7 in health facilities and 2 in communities in the last 24 hours bringing the cumulative pandemic related deaths to 546 ( 209 COVID-19 deaths, 333 associated and 4 yet to be classified).