THE outbreak of cholera – a waterborne disease – in Lusaka on October 6, 2017 led to late reopening of schools. The schools mostly affected are those in the epicentres. The Ministry of General Education and Ministry of Health resolved in January this year that schools should reopen late in a bid to prevent further outbreak of the epidemic.
In view of the aforesaid, inspectors from the Ministry of Health undertook inspections of schools to ensure that schools meet the hygiene and sanitary conditions before reopening.
Some schools reopened while others did not, based on whether they met hygienic conditions or not.
For those schools that have reopened, there is need to maintain hygienic and sanitary conditions to prevent the outbreak of cholera. This is because the epidemic has not been completely eradicated.