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Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Ignore social media propaganda against vaccines, Health Minister tells Zambians

Health Ignore social media propaganda against vaccines, Health Minister tells Zambians

Minister of Health Jonas Chanda has announced that an additional 3,847 doses of both the AstraZeneca and Sinopharm vaccines were administered in the last 24 hrs that included 2,559 and 1,288 doses respectively, bringing the cumulative number of vaccinated persons to 43,147.

“Today marks day 18 since the national launch of the vaccination programme and it is encouraging to note that we have vaccinated 43,147 people with an increasing upward trajectory. It is gratifying that the Zambian people have come to accept and understand the importance of the COVID-19 Vaccines,” he added.

In a statement issued to the media yesterday, Dr. Chanda who reiterated his call on everyone to get vaccinated, said currently the Country has 236 vaccination sites with 21 sites in Lusaka, 12 in Muchinga, 30 in the Northern, 11 in North-western, 31 in Eastern, 30 in Central, 27 in Luapula, 35 on the Copperbelt, 30 in Western and nine in Southern province.

He further stated that progress has been made with the printing of vaccination certificates and the distribution will begin tomorrow with issuance of the cards expected to commence by mid-week.

“We further urge Zambians to ignore social media propaganda, including WhatsApp videos against vaccines being spread by conspiracy theorists and the anti-vaccine lobby. Please, only listen to health experts,” he cautioned.

Meanwhile, Zambia has in the last 24 hours recorded 23 new COVID-19 cases from 8 provinces out of 3,116 tests conducted bringing the cumulative number of confirmed cases to date to 91,693, Minister of Health Jonas Chanda has announced.

The Minister indicated that two new deaths were recorded both from the University Teaching Hospital (UTH) in Lusaka and classified as COVID-19 associated deaths.

Dr. Chanda has since noted that the cumulative number of COVID-19 related deaths recorded to date stands at 1,253 and classified as 703 COVID deaths and 550 COVID-19 associated deaths.

He said a total of 70 discharges were recorded from both the COVID-19 isolation facilities and home management, bringing the cumulative number of recoveries to 90,082.

“There are currently 358 active cases, of whom 310 are under community management and 48 are admitted to our COVID-19 isolation facilities and among them 31 are on oxygen therapy and 9 are in critical condition,” noted Dr. Chanda.

16 COMMENTS

  1. The same minister who’s clearly seen ignoring social distancing & masking up rules during Chishimba Kambwili’s PF slavery party.Don’t listen to these PF muppets they have lost public trust with hypocrisy.

  2. WHERE IS THE PRESIDENTS STAND ON THIS ?????????
    WHY DOESNT HE COME FORWARD AND HAVE ANOTHER JAB ??
    OR IS HE WAITING FOR THE SECOND ONE
    HIS LACK OF RESPECT FOR THE ZAMBIAN PEOPLE IS SHOCKING !!!!!!!!

  3. Beautifully done. I will soon be getting mine. I cannot wait to lead a normal life once more. Upnd diasporans your relatives here will get vaccinated before you. And yet you claim to be in the developed world. You are seen as second class bab00ns there abroad

  4. We must ignore all the negativity spread by Hichilema and some fake media and focus on such positive news from the government.

  5. Thank you health minister for this wonderful update! The PF government committed to root out the deadly virus, forever.

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  6. This is indeed a progressive report about the vaccine. Together we have to achieve the target of making Zambia a virus-free nation.

  7. Not only President Edgar Lungu but his administration also working hard and committed to safeguarding the lives of Zambians.

  8. Those criticizers of President Lungu are unpatriotic people as they support a criminal background person, Hichilema.

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  9. Because of all the detailed information provided by Dr. Chanda about the Covid-19 vaccine, there is a sort of confidence among Zambians. Looking forward to getting the vaccine shot.

  10. Happy to know that currently, there are 236 vaccination sites in Zambia. Soon, we will win the fight against the coronavirus!

  11. How could some dull people go down to such a cheap level and spread fake videos and messages on WhatsApp against the vaccine. Such people are a curse to this nation.

  12. The biggest problem Mr. Minister is your boss, who has failed to show leadership by publicly taking a vaccine jab like you did…

  13. @ Faith, Peter, Chitunga, Lucas, Josh, John, Beb, and Wilson: why post under 8 different names within 3 minutes?

    Just say what you have to say and move on. Simple.

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