By MWAPE MWENYA
ABOUT SEVEN cases of infectious diarrhoeal diseases such typhoid and cholera in children between the ages of five and fifteen are reported daily at the University Teaching Hospital (UTH).
This was disclosed in Lusaka this week during a multi-sectoral response programme on dissemination of the study findings on Cholera and Typhoid fever from 2011 to 2013.
The findings which were conducted by various officers from the health, community development mother and child health, education and local government and housing ministries are aimed at initiating strategies at ensuring better protection from diarrhoeal diseases.
And UTH paediatrician Beatrice Amadi has urged parents to be wary of signs and symptoms of diarrhoea diseases and ensure that they are reported promptly.
A family physician at Chipata Level One Hospital Evans Chinkoyo said women and children are more at risk of contracting typhoid and cholera owing to many factors such as unclean water and unhygienic environments.
Dr Chinkoyo said laxity in the referral system has also contributed to cases of typhoid and cholera in many parts of the country.
â€œHealth personnel at primary health care should ensure early diagnosis of the diseases and refer patients to treatable centres quickly. However, the challenge is that most clinical laboratories capacitated to carry out such tests, end up treating patients for wrong ailments such as malaria. It is therefore important to improve the ability of clinical laboratories for viable tests,â€ Dr Chinkoyo said.
Meanwhile minister of health Joseph Kasonde has implored the media and other cooperating partners such as traditional leaders to partner with Government in sensitising communities on infectious diarrhoeal diseases.
â€œThe major determinants of health lie outside the health sector and a multisectoral approach must be taken if we are to address them comprehensively,â€ Dr Kasonde said.
He said the ministry of health will continue working with other line ministries in ensure protection and control of infectious diarrhoeal diseases.
Dr said the evidence that have been generated by the studies will act as a basis for strengthening advocacy against infectious diseases countrywide.
By MWAPE MWENYA