Cholera under control in Nsama district

By Staff Reporter

NORTHERN Province Health Director says the cholera outbreak in Nsumbu area in Nsama district, Northern Province, is under control with no new cases being recorded.

Dr Gideon Zulu told ZANIS in an interview that only two patients were still receiving treatment for the diarrhoeal disease, out of the seven who were initially admitted at Nsumbu Rural Health Centre.

Dr Zulu disclosed that over 16, 000 pit latrines had since been disinfected in affected communities and local people were responding well to the preventative measures.

He affirmed that the health personnel would continue to distribute chlorine and holding sensitisation meetings in the area in order to improve hygienic practices among households.

Meanwhile, Dr Zulu has commended cooperating partners such as the World Health Organization (WHO), Red Cross and Zambia National Public Health Institute, among others, for rendering support to eradicate cholera in Nsama district.

He urged members of the public particularly in Nsama district and the surrounding areas to observe high levels of hygiene to avoid contracting the disease.
So far, four people have died from cholera in Nsama district since the outbreak was recorded last month.