Siavonga cholera patients escape from hospital

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Two patients diagnosed with cholera last night bolted from quarantine confinement at Siavonga District Hospital before being apprehended by police and taken back.

Siavonga District Commissioner Lovemore Kanyama confirmed in a statement that the two, a married couple, were the only cholera patients in Siavonga at the moment.

Kanyama revealed that the duo escaped in full view of hospital staff who did not attempt to stop them for fear of contracting the disease.

“Cholera patients last night 7th January 2018, escaped from the hospital, and were later apprehended by Siavonga police last night at around 23:00 hours,” Kanyama stated.

“This happened in view of Siavonga district hospital staffs who were scared of apprehending them for fear of contracting the disease.

“It’s disappointing that the cholera patients can think so low as to escape from the hospital, when the medical personnel were doing their best to enable them gain more strength. I expected the patients who are also a couple of Kanyelele compound of Siavonga district to appreciate and commend the hospital personnel for taking care of them. The husband is a Siavonga town council employee; a garbage collector.”

Kanyama urged patients not to escape from the hospital, but to wait until declared fit.

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