Government to receive 1.6 million Cholera vaccine doses for ongoing outbreak response.

Government to receive 1.6 million Cholera vaccine doses for ongoing outbreak response.

Today, the country is set to receive 1.6 million doses of cholera vaccines, as announced by Minister of Health Sylvia Masebo. Collaborating with partners like the World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the government aims to bolster ongoing efforts to combat the current outbreak. The vaccination campaign will be implemented in phases, targeting individuals aged one year and above in selected high-risk areas, including Kanyama, Matero, Chipata, and Chawama in Lusaka, along with Rufunsa district.

In the past 24 hours, the country recorded 431 new cases and 11 cholera-related deaths, showing a slight decrease from the previous day. The cases are distributed across six provinces, with Lusaka Province being the most affected. Ms. Masebo highlighted that the Ministry has discharged 388 patients from various treatment centers, reporting 11 deaths, a decrease from the previous day’s 18 deaths.

Emphasizing the severity in Lusaka district, Ms. Masebo provided updates on treatment centers, including Hero’s Stadium, where 576 patients were admitted, with 130 discharges and three adult patient fatalities. Additionally, Levy Treatment Center has 47 admitted patients, and a cholera center at Kamwala Remand Prison hosts 10 stable patients.

To enhance cholera prevention and control measures, Cabinet has signed a new statutory instrument, Number 5 of 2024, complementing earlier measures like restricting funeral gatherings and prohibiting bedsiders from entering treatment centers. The amended SI mandates public premises to provide soap and clean water for visitors, and religious gatherings are expected to convey public health messaging and maintain records of the information shared.

Source: (Mwebantu, Sunday, 14th January, 2024)

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