Adhere to cholera prevention measures, Chieftainess Mwenda urges subjects

Chieftainess Mwenda of Chikankata district in Southern province has advised her subjects to observe high hygiene standards in order to prevent the outbreak of cholera in her chiefdom.

Chieftainess Mwenda said people should always clean their surroundings and thoroughly wash their hands before eating and after using the toilets.

The traditional leader said although no cholera case has been recorded in Chikankata district, the local people should be proactive in taking measures aimed at preventing a possible outbreak of cholera.

She told ZANIS that hygiene is the only key in the prevention of cholera which if not properly managed, is able to kill a lot of people within a short period of time.

Chieftainess Mwenda has also advised people in the area to always use toilets when answering the call of nature.

Cholera has broken out in Vubwi and Chipata districts in Eastern province and Mwansabombwe district in Luapula province.

The first case of cholera in Zambia this year was recorded in Vubwi district on January 21, 2023 and then spread to Chipata and Mwansabombwe.

In the last 24 hours, Chipata recorded two new cholera cases while Mwansabombwe district has one and none in Vubwi.

Cumulative cholera cases in Zambia are now 125, out of which 115 people have since been discharged from hospital and eight patients are still admitted while two died.

So far Vubwi has the highest number of cumulative cases with 71, followed by Mwansabombwe with 38 and Chipata with 16.