As Ministry of finance releases K34 Million towards cholera response

Smart Eagles Reporter

One thousand and fourty five (1045) Cholera cases have been recorded since the disease broke out on October 6th 2017, the Ministry of health has announced.

It is reported that 96 patients are presently receiving treatment at various Cholera treatment centres in Lusaka district.

As a response measure to the epidemic control, Minister of Health Hon. Dr Chitalu Chilufya announced the Multi Sectoral approach in addressing the Cholera outbreak . This approach involves the Ministry of Health working together with other line and sector Ministries such as the Ministry of Local Government, the Ministry of Water and Sanitation the Lusaka Province administration and several others to address effectively the Cholera Situation.

The Ministry of Finance has so far released K34 Million towards the Cholera response.

The said funds are being utilised to improve availability of clean and safe water, improving sanitation including solid waste management, health promotion and education as well as supporting and enforcement of the public health act.

Community interventions have heightened by increasing the number of volunteers and environmental staff.

The Ministry is appealing to the public to observe basic rules of hygiene . Boiling water or using chlorine for drinking water.

Residents are not allowed to use water from shallow wells. Residents are advised to use the toilet to answer the call of nature and to cooperate with health workers and all those working in the community to prevent Cholera.

The public is implored to ensure anyone presenting symptoms of cholera and diarrhoea or vomiting is taken to the nearest health facility without delay.

This information is contained in a press statement issued by Mr Stanslous Ngosa, Head Communications and External Relations at the Ministry of Health.



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