Govt reinforces call for support, as cholera cases surge; 25 deaths reported in 24 hours


Within 24 hours, Zambia has recorded about 743 new cholera cases, with Lusaka topping the chart.

Out of the 743 new cases, about 25 died from cholera, with Health Minister, Syvia Masebo, calling for additional assistance to tackle the disease, which had so far claimed hundreds of lives.

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Masebo shared some statistics coming from the primary treatment center in Lusaka’s Heroes Stadium, registering 317 cases out of the 743 cases with six deaths among the 25 recorded nationwide in 24 hours.

The Minister gave this statement at Heroes Stadium when she received K2.5 million worth of hygiene items from Trade Kings on Tuesday.

Moreover, Masebo explained that there were insufficient bed spaces, hygiene supplies, food and staffing in the cholera centers.

“However, the high numbers in treatment centres have strained and overwhelmed the health system,” she revealed.

Given the situation, Masebo urged the public, stakeholders and private entities to provide assistance and support.

“People are asking, what support can we give to the Ministry of Health? You can give support in cash, you can give support in kind,” she said.

She mentioned that clinics have the option to offer the services of some staff members to contribute to the efforts against the pandemic.

Additionally, the minister directed shop owners and marketers to place hand sanitizers or provide clean water and soap at the entrances of their establishments.

“Very soon we will be sending public health inspectors to shops. We are putting into effect the laws that are already there,” Masebo said.

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