SOME women are using Chlorine for skin bleaching while other people are using the water treatment product for cleaning of clothes, an Epidemiologist at the Ministry of Health has said.
Mr. Orbrie Chewe said this during a media workshop on Cholera Education and Prevention.
He said some citizens were not using their chorine for its intended purpose of treating water.
Mr. Chewe explained that cholera and other waterborne diseases – such as typhoid fever –thrived in warm climates with untreated water.
At the same event, Dr. Callistus Kayunga emphasized the importance of informing street vendors and other members of the public on the health risks of eating food that was not properly prepared or covered.
He said there was a potential threat of Yellow Fever – a disease transmitted by mosquitos, which had struck neighboring Angola.
Dr Kayunga urged Zambians not to purchase fake vaccination cards. He said although vaccination and genuine cards cost US$50, they were a lifelong investment in the health and welfare of the public.
And Deputy Director of Health Education, Dr. Tasila T. Pitters said the Ministry of Health would intensify awareness and vigilance on cholera, and other infectious diseases.
Dr. Pitters emphasized the importance of having clean water, saying: “this disease borders on hygiene”.
She said so far measures to combat the confirmed spread of cholera included the distribution of 63, 771 chlorine bottles for the treatment of water, in Bauleni and Kaynama.
These communities have seen the most cumulative cases of cholera within Lusaka, with 214 in Bauleni and 104 in Kanyama.
The outbreak has claimed two lives, but 24 people are currently under treatment, while 11 have been released