Cholera cases rise

LUSAKA has recorded 23 new cholera cases while Nsama district of Northern Province has recorded three cases, Ministry of Health acting spokesperson Dr Tasilla Pitters has revealed.

She said in Lusaka, this brings the number of cholera cases to 435 from 412 recorded over the long weekend.

Dr Pitters said the Ministry of Health was appealing to members of the public to adhere to hygiene practises such as washing hands with soap and to avoid unnecessary handshakes.

“As a ministry, we continue to appeal to members of the public to adhere to good hygiene practices such as washing of hands with soap after using the toilet, stop buying of foods on the streets and drink chlorinated or boiled water,” she said.

Dr Pitters said cholera could be avoided if the public adhered to the practises that the ministry had been disseminating.

She said that cholera heath centres in Lusaka such as Bauleni, Matero and Kanyama had continued to receive new cases almost on a daily basis and attributed this to lack of simple yet effective hygiene practices by members of the public.

Dr Pitters said Kanyama had recorded 16 cases while Buleni had seven.

She said cholera could be avoided if people took precautionary measures.

Cholera is an infectious disease that causes severe watery diarrohea, which can lead to dehydration and even death if untreated. It is caused by eating food or drinking water contaminated with a bacterium called Vibrio cholerae.

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