GOVERNMENT has engaged the defence forces to help combat the cholera outbreak which has hit some parts of Lusaka, district commissioner Davies Mulenga has said.

Mr Mulenga said despite the number of cholera cases decreasing, the district administration has asked the Zambia Army, Zambia National Service (ZNS) and Zambia Air Force for help to clear garbage from the affected area.

He said the three security wings have been requested to supply vehicles to help in the collection of refuse from Kanyama township to dumpsites as garbage was one of the main causes of the outbreak.

Mr Mulenga said Government has also requested for vacuum tankers to flush out pit latrines and excavators to dig trenches and remove stagnant water in some of the areas worst-hit by flooding.

Government has also requested for more vehicles for health personnel to conduct inspections in the compound.

Mr Mulenga said he was happy with the response Government was receiving from cooperating partners who donated foodstuffs and medicines for patients, including the Zambia Red Cross Society.

He appealed to individuals and organizations to come on board and help as the disease did not discriminate between the rich and the poor and as such it was important that everyone participated in finding a solution.

Last week, cholera broke out in Kanyama with 20 cases reported; 13 people were admitted to hospital and many have since been discharged.  The number of cholera cases rose to 30 by Wednesday.

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