Cholera situation worsens, Heroes stadium turned into a cholera centre

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The cholera situation is getting worse in Zambia, with 156 new cases recorded in 24 hours and the country’s biggest stadium in the capital has since been turned into a cholera centre.

Health Minister Chitalu Chilufya has announced the development saying the move is also aimed at centralizing intervention measures in Lusaka.

He said the existing cholera centres will remain operational but will only attend to paediatric patients while adults will only be received then transferred to the stadium.

The government has also banned any form of gatherings so this weekend no church services. People are worshiping from their homes while schools will not open for the 2018 term one which was due next week.

Some Food outlets in Lusaka have been closed down after testing positive of the cholera bacteria. The outlets and hotels include Hungry Lion, Debonairs at Levy Business Park, Woodlands pick n pay, Mika Hotel and a Bakery in Matero.

Some markets have been closed while makeshifts have been cleared by some Soldiers deployed in the Central District area to clean manage the situation.


6 Responses to Cholera situation worsens, Heroes stadium turned into a cholera centre

  1. This is what you get when you have thieves as leaders. All they are interested in is stealing. Lusaka is one of the dirtiest cities in Africa.

    January 7, 2018 at 12:36 am

  2. The problem affects all of us in the city . So let’s all contribute in every way possible to help fight and conquer this cholera epidemic .

    January 7, 2018 at 7:32 am

  3. Admittedly, Zambians deserve this for their mediocrity. There is no way well reasoned and seasoned citizens can allow such lame ducks to run government whose main aim is just to steal and plunder the national wealth through corruption and other dirty deals. There is very little time which is spent by these goons on how best to upgrade and improve sanitation and the livelihoods of their citizens. Plunder, corruption and broad daylight robbery is their primary objective coupled with propaganda messages both on TV and other government sponsored media outlets to hoodwink the poorly informed citizens that they are a working government yet not. Lusaka is one of the dirtiest cities in the region and the government cannot cheat anyone that actually they have got no plan for Lusaka whatsoever apart from stealing from government coffers just to enrich themselves. Zambians should start asking themselves as to why this cholera issue has now become so serious in the country of late yet millions of Kwachas which are supposed to be used to improve sanitation and other infructure in the country end up into some few government officials’ pockets.

    Lombe Nsama
    January 7, 2018 at 7:41 am

  4. So ba lombe Nsama you are the only well reasoned and seasoned citizen in Zambia and the people who voted for PF are fools? This is the other reason why we find it difficult to vote for the opposition because you think you are superhuman and that the opposition is able to turn this country into a paradise. You pray for bad things to happen so that you become vindicated and reap cheap political mileage, this is being unzambian my brother, whoever you are. For your own information this is not the first time we are having a cholera outbreak, Cholera outbreaks have been there before in every regime- Kaunada, chiluba, mwanawasa,RB and sata. So do you tell me that all these regimes were mediocre and the people who voted for them were not as well reasoned as you claim yourself to be? It is very unfair to attribute this only to this regime. I know you are an opposition and you are at liberty to provide empirical based evidence of corruption and theft to prove your allegations or else whatever you say will not be watertight. The opposition is using the alleged corruption to try to influence public opinion unfortunately for them this is not working, the current regime still continues to be the best option to many Zambians especially in 6.5 provinces. Happy new year to you all

    saimbwende saimbwende
    January 7, 2018 at 10:18 am

  5. please let us not fight each other but fight the enemy before the situation is out of control…like with markets closed where do our people get foodstuffs.soon people will not be going for work…then what??????.

    January 7, 2018 at 10:55 am

  6. I agree with Saimbwende. This scourge has been there before. Please analyse the causes before apportioning blame. Look at the living spaces in compounds of our cities. It is pathetic, they are filthy. Look at water and sanitation, people are consuming water from shallow wells which are dug next to pit-latrines. Street vending is out of control, people pitch up all manners of vending stands anywhere to sell anything, including foodstuffs for immediate consumption. There is no running water nearby, neither is there a toilet. People use plastics or Chibuku sachets to defecate and throw the rubbish anywhere.

    I like what is happening now, cleaning up the mess. Please let this be a permanent feature. After this, the soldiers should continue to man our streets so that venders do not return. Afterall soldiers are really not fully occupied, except a few that go for peace-keeping missions once in a while. I imagine that after three to five years people will have forgotten that our cities were once littered with so much filth.

    I do not agree with this talk that after this pandemic has been sorted, the venders will be allowed to go back to the streets to continue vending because “they are our supporters”. As a matter of fact, street vending is also in Europe and other developed countries. But they are so well organised, they are grouped in organised clusters specialising in specific merchandise. The vending areas are well supplied with water and sanitation facilities. Our city fathers and mothers have been to some of the cities around the world, what have they learnt from there? Some of them even have twinning arrangements with some foreign cities, what exactly do they learn from their counterparts? Or is it that when they go there they just focus on shopping or do they go there to dose?

    Bottom line is take advantage of this situation and create a clean environment for all.

    January 7, 2018 at 12:02 pm

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