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Chief initiates Ebola education for subjects

NKOMBO KACHEMBA, Kitwe
CHIEF Lumpuma of Lufwanyama district on the Copperbelt has initiated sensitisation programmes for his subjects on the Ebola virus disease (EVD).
He said in an interview yesterday that some of his subjects are ignorant about Ebola and it is important to educate them about the deadly hemorrhagic fever.
Ebola, is a disease of humans and other primates caused by ebolaviruses.
Signs and symptoms typically start between two days and three weeks after contracting the virus as a fever, sore throat, muscle pain, and headaches.
“As a traditional leader, I have a duty to ensure that my subjects are protected from anything that can endanger their lives.  This is the reason why I am educating my subjects on this deadly disease called Ebola,” he said.
Chief Lumpuma said his subjects are being taught through their headmen on the importance of keeping their surroundings clean and to avoid unnecessary handshakes to prevent an outbreak of Ebola.
He said Lufwanyama is a risk area because people from the neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) usually visit the district to buy goats and sheep for resale in their country.
There were reported cases of Ebola in the DRC, albeit in the eastern part of the vast country and not the southern region that borders the Copperbelt.
And Chief Lupuma said cases of early marriages in his chiefdom have drastically reduced due to sensitisation programmes to educate parents on the importance of education for girls.
The traditional leader said he will continue to implement by-laws aimed at discouraging early marriages for the benefit of young girls in his chiefdom.
He is also happy with development projects that Government is undertaking in the area.
Chief Lumpuma said Government is building a secondary school in his chiefdom to enable more children access quality education.
The traditional leader also called for peaceful campaigns during the presidential election campaigns.


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