KANYAMA Member of Parliament Gerry Chanda has attributed the outbreak of cholera in Kanyama to poor drinking water.
Cholera, which claimed one life, hit Lusaka’s Kanyama township a few weeks ago and over 20 confirmed cases had been recorded so far.
Colonel Chanda said unsafe drinking water was the major cause of the cholera outbreak in the area.
He noted there was need for residents to treat or boil water before drinking.
“I think most likely the outbreak is as a result of poor drinking water; over 50% cases are attributed to water, there is need for people to ensure that they treat or boil the water before they drink it,” he said.
Colonel Chanda also appealed to the community to play a role in addressing the situation.
He urged them to be hygienic as Government was doing everything possible to stop the spread of the disease.
“My appeal to the people to change their attitude, there is need to observe hygienic standards. They should make sure that they observe simple preventive measures such as making sure that their environment is clean, wash hands after using the toilet, warm their food and avoid gatherings,” he said.
Meanwhile, Lusaka provincial medical officer Dr. Kennedy Malama, urged residents not to panic as the situation was under control.
Dr. Malama said seven of the 13 cholera victims who were admitted at Kanyama hospital had been discharged
He said victims who were still receiving treatment at the hospital were responding well and would soon be discharged.
“So far we have discharged seven people out of 13 we admitted at our Kanyama hospital. We are hoping that we will be able to also discharge the rest as soon as possible,” Dr Malama said.
He urged residents to report any suspected cases of cholera to their nearest health centre.
He said health personnel were already on the ground sensitizing people on the preventive measures people could take to protect themselves from catching the disease.
“Cholera can be very deadly if not reported on time; people should report suspected cases of cholera immediately so that victims can receive treatment as soon as possible.
‘‘They should not be ashamed to report such cases,” he said.