Lusaka, 9th January 2024.

To mitigate the escalating cholera cases in the country, the Zambia Medicines and Medical Supplies Agency (ZAMMSA) has, in the last week, distributed over 160,000 various essentials commodities aimed at both treating and preventing the further spread of the disease.

In a statement today, ZAMMSA Senior Public relations Manager Bradley Chingobe said this is in addition of the agency’s scheduled distribution of medicines and medical supplies to all the health facilities across the country.

He revealed that ZAMMSA has ramped up efforts in distributing essential health commodities used in the management and treatment of Cholera in response to the Government of the Republic of Zambia’s call for a multi-sectoral approach to halt the spreading of the epidemic.

He noted that henceforth, ZAMMSA has distributed over 4600 bottles of disinfectants, 43000 packs of IV Fluids, 50000 examination gloves, 50,000 Cannulas and 8,000 Infusion giving Sets.

He further noted ZAMMSA that has distributed more than adequate quantities of Oral Rehydration Salts (ORS), Granular Chlorine, Mannitol Solution, Shrouds for both children and adults and various protective clothing and Gumboots for health workers.

Mr. Chingobe said the agency has intensified the distribution at the onset of the epidemic and has assured the nation that this distribution process to combat Cholera is ongoing and more products will be distributed countrywide.

“It should also be noted that the Agency is actively pursuing the immediate procurement of more items so as to ensure a seamless supply of key commodities required to effectively restrain this epidemic”

“ZAMMSA remains committed to providing cost effective and quality medicines to all public health facilities across the nation.” Mr. Chingobe said.

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