The Times of Zambia (Ndola)
25 March 2008
Posted to the web 25 March 2008
THIRTY-one people suffering from cholera in Lusaka are admitted to various cholera centres in the townships, ministry of Health spokesperson, Canisius Banda, has said.
Dr Banda said in an interview in Lusaka yesterday that by the close of last week, 31 patients were still undergoing treatment at five centres in the capital city, the only area still experiencing the waterborne disease.
Dr Banda said Lusaka had recorded 253 cases since January out of which 31 people were still admitted.
The 31 were admitted in Matero, Chipata, Kanyama, Chawama and George townships.
Since January this year, only one patient has died at Matero Centre while the rest, apart from the 31, had been successfully treated and discharged from the centres.
Dr Banda said the figure of the cases handled so far had been a tremendous reduction from last and other years’, mainly because of various measures that had been put in place.
He said that the ‘Make Zambia Clean and Healthy’ campaign had assisted reduce the disease prevalence, and hailed the local authorities for undertaking various measures, particularly the removal of vendors from the streets.
Dr Banda said the ministry of Health was working with the Lusaka City Council (LCC) in burying shallow wells and in applying lime into those found suitable as sources of water.