Government will not rest until Cholera fight is won – DMMU


THE GOVERNMENT is leaving no stone unturned in stopping the ravaging Cholera outbreak that has so far killed 192 people and confined hundreds others to hospital beds since its break out last October.

Dr Gabriel Pollen, National Coordinator of the Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU) which has taken one of the leading roles in combating the diarrhoea-causing bacterial disease which results in severe dehydration says government is taking radical measures to ensure that the outbreak of cholera is eradicated once and for all.

Cholera which usually usually spreads in water has so affected 26 districts in the country.

Dr. Pollen said government was not only working at managing cholera cases in the country but also tackling the epidemic from the source in order to halt the transmission of the disease by addressing sanitation and hygiene issues.

He disclosed that government was currently providing clean drinking water in all the cholera hot spot areas where 300 water tanks with 10,000 liters capacity have so far been installed.

In line with the Presidential directive ordering the stop to the use of shallow wells, Dr Pollen the anti-Cholera squad was burying shallow wells in the communities in Lusaka while emptying 20,000 pit latrines as well as super chlorinating.

Dr. Pollen made the revelations when he led some Permanent Secretaries and other senior government officials in monitoring ongoing cholera intentions put in place by government.

Among the facilities visited include the National Heroes Stadium which has been turned into a Cholera Treatment Centre.

Later, Dr Pollen and team visited newly installed water tanks in hotspot areas as well as drainage systems that government has constructed to alleviate flooding.

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