2,543 vaccinated against cholera in correctional facilities, as cumulative deaths reach 584


About 2,543 people have been vaccinated in correctional facilities, bringing the total number to 1,849,424 individuals vaccinated in hotspot areas, health authorities say.

Health Minister, Sylvia Masebo, said this included a total 3,732 healthcare workers vaccinated and brining the vaccine coverage of the targeted population to 98 percent.

The Minister disclosed this during the daily Cholera update in Lusaka on Monday.

Masebo stated that in the last 24 hours, 405 individuals had been discharged nationwide, signifying improvements in the interventions.

“We mourn the loss of 10 lives lost to the disease within the past 24 Hours country. Six were community deaths and 4 facility deaths,” she said.

The Minister revealed that the cumulative total of lives lost during this outbreak was now standing at 584.

She said the country recorded a total of 295 cases in the last 24 Hours and these cases were recorded as 216 in Lusaka, 12 on Copperbelt, 38 in Central, 24 in Southern, four in Eastern and one in North Western.

“Lusaka District remains at the forefront of this outbreak as the epicenter, reporting 171 cases in the past 24 hours out of the 216 cases,” Masebo lamented.

The Minister broke down the cases recorded in Lusaka as 49 from Kanyama, 39 from Matero, 31 from Munali, 22 from Chawama, 18 from Mandevu and four from Lusaka Central Constituencies.

She added that the other districts in the Province reported 35 in Chilanga, four in Rufunsa, three in Kafue and three in Chongwe.

“Our largest treatment center at Heroes National Stadium is actively managing 256 patients out of which 95 are male, 85 are female and 76 are children,” Masebo said.

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She highlighted that 109 were admitted to this facility within the last 24 hours and 146 were discharged, with 13 referred to Levy Treatment Center.

The Minister said in the last few days, government had intensified community engagement to understand further, the challenges in the hot spots of Lusaka District and appreciate the progress made in mitigating the outbreak.

“While it was disheartening to note poor waste management and poor hygiene practices in some of these communities, I was pleased to note the willingness to improve,” Masebo said.

She noted that the impact of this outbreak goes beyond impacting the health of the population as it had disrupted the daily livelihood.

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