Health Minister, Masebo, undertakes personal tours to sensitize citizens on cholera scourge


Health Minister Sylvia Masebo on Thursday undertook a tour to personally sensitise people in selected townships of the capital city, Lusaka.

Masebo’s motorcade started with the tour of Marapodi community in Mandevu constituency and ended with Matero East Township.

She and the entourage later touched Garden and Kalingalinga townships, among others.

With a public address system, she encouraged residents to prioritise hygiene practices to eliminate cholera which had so far claimed 147 lives.

Masebo encouraged residents to wash their hands before eating and ensure that they boil water before drinking.

She said she saw for herself how unsanitary the environment in the township was, as she called for urgent help.

“What I have seen is terrible, some of the townships are not better than villages in terms of cleanness. We need to up the game,” Masebo said.

Read more: Ministry of Health seeks help in fight against cholera (video)

She tasked the health inspectorate to up their game to ensure that residents adhere to sanitary standards to prevent cholera.

Masebo said the government would not leave any stone unturned in the fight against the spread of cholera.

She later visited Chingwere Level One Hospital which is one of the cholera centres in Lusaka where she interacted with management, health personnel as well residents who were found at the hospital.

Masebo disclosed that in the last 24 hours, cholera had spread to seven districts with 23 people dying from the waterborne disease.

She added that since the first outbreak in October last year, 150 lives had been lost with 4,097 cumulative cases countrywide.

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