Kanyama residents have commended the Zambia Red Cross Society for the donation made to Kanyama first-level hospital and the township at large to help in containing the cholera outbreak.
The residents said they were touched by the gesture by Red Cross to help stop the spread of cholera which broke out in the township last week.
The organization donated medical supplies to Kanyama hospital which residents said would go a long way in ensuring that the disease does not spread any further than it already has.
Mark Sakala, a Kanyama resident, said that the outbreak of cholera in the area has terrified the residents who are now more aware of what they are supposed to do to ensure their surrounding were kept clean.
Mr. Sakala said the medical supplies donated to Parliament would be of great help to not only to the cholera patients but also patients at other health institutions.
‘‘As residents of Kanyama we are grateful to the Zambia Red Cross Society for the donation made to Kanyama hospital because it will benefit all of us as residents of Kanyama,’’ he said.
District medical officer Gideon Zulu said the donation will not only greatly help to contain the cholera outbreak but also the entire Kanyama township as a whole.
Mr. Zulu said the medical supplies were necessary in the fight against cholera and stop it from spreading.
He said that the donation was more than what the hospital expected and will ensure that the supplies were used efficiently and effectively.
‘’As management we are humbled by this donation and we would like to assure the people of Kanyama and the Zambia Red Cross Society that we are working hard to contain this outbreak and also ensure that there are no more cases of the disease breaking out,’’ he said.
And Zambia Red Cross health and care manager Petronella Lumbala said that the organization was happy to be part of the fight against cholera.
Ms. Lumbala said the medical supplies worth K80,000 has been made to ensure that the cholera did not spread any further.
The donation included 120 by 20-litre water containers, 1,000 tablets of hand washing soap, 500 pairs of surgical gloves, 1,000 oral rehydration salt sachets and two knap sack sprayers.
The organization also provided 20 Red Cross volunteers to the clinic to disseminate educational hygiene messages in the community for two weeks.
The volunteers will be integrated in the Ministry of Health structures and conduct door to door hygiene promotion activities. –Millennium