THE decrease in the number of cholera cases has cheered Lusaka residents who have commended Government through the Ministry of Health for their efforts to contain the spread of the disease.
The residents charged that cholera was a dangerous epidemic and it was commendable that the ministry in partnership with other stakeholders and well-wishers were doing their best to ensure that the disease was eradicated.
They said that the outbreak of cholera had forced people to live in constant fear of contracting the infection.
A Ms Mbewe of Lusaka’s Kalingalinga township said that the decrease in the number of cholera cases was an indication that efforts made to fight the disease were yielding positive results.
Ms Mbewe said that cholera needed concerted effort for it to be eradicated completely and save the lives of many.
She said however that despite the disease spreading to different parts of the country, it was encouraging to note that the cases were beginning to drop.
“We are happy as residents to see how the Ministry of Health has worked so hard to ensure that they contain the cholera spread at all costs.
“Cholera is a disease that spreads quickly and kills a lot of people but the ministry has really worked hard to ensure that the disease is contained,’’ she said.
Ms Mbewe also said that the introduction of the oral cholera vaccine greatly helped fight the spread of the disease.
She urged other residents to ensure that they co-operated with relevant authorities to help eradicate the disease.
“People need to work with the Ministry of Health and the relevant authorities to ensure that the disease is eradicated completely because cholera affects all of us and we should fight it as a unit,’’ she said.
And Lusaka provincial medical officer Dr Kennedy Malama said that the ministry has been recording fewer cases lately.
Dr Malama said that in the past weeks the ministry had been recording over 20 cases every day but now the figure has dropped 10 daily.
He said it was important that the public should assist the ministry to fully get rid of the disease.
-Millennium Radio 90.5FM