Wednesday 17th January 2018

President Lungu Sends In The Army To Contain Cholera in Lusaka

President Edgar Lungu has directed all the three wings of the Defence Force to join the Ministry of Health and Lusaka City Council in escalated efforts to contain the spread of cholera in the city.

This morning the President reviewed the ongoing interventions led by the Ministry of Health and Lusaka City Council and came to the conclusion that emergency steps needed to be taken to stem the tide of the epidemic which has now spread to new areas outside the zones where the deadly waterborne disease broke out in October this year.

The government declared an outbreak of cholera in Lusaka district on 6th October 2017 after confirming two cases that were presented to Chipata First Level Hospital, in Lusaka.

The outbreak has so far affected over 80 residential areas of Lusaka district with most cases from coming to Chipata, Garden, Kanyama, Chawama, Matero, Kabanana, Garden house, Mazyopa, Chazanga, Misisi, Bauleni, Mandevu, N’gombe, Mtendere and John Laing.

More recently the outbreak has spread to low-density areas including Rhodespark, Woodlands, Balastone, Chelstone, Silverest, Chamba Valley and Ibex Meanwood among others.

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