Cholera breaks out in Chilanga

CHILANGA – Cholera has broken out in Chilanga with one death recorded so far.
District health promotions officer Godfrey Zulu told ZANIS that currently, four patients aged between 11 and 24 are admitted to health centres – one in Midwest Namalombwe and three at Tubalange mini-hospital in Kasupe.
Mr Zulu said affected areas include Chilanga, Namalombwe and Mondengwa wards.
“Water has been discovered to be contaminated in Kazimva in Namalombwe Ward and water tests are being done in all the wards within Chilanga to help control the situation,” he explained.
Mr Zulu said sensitisation programmes on the waterborne disease have since started in Mt Makulu and will be conducted in the rest of the wards.
He encouraged residents to observe and abide by laid-down primary healthcare guidelines such as washing hands after using the toilet, boiling drinking water or adding chlorine, among others.
Meanwhile, Chief Mumena has bemoaned the increased number of maternal deaths in the region where 51 women have died during childbirth this year.
Speaking when provincial health director Luckson Chidikita paid a courtesy call on him, Chief Mumena attributed the increase to poor transition from traditional birth attendance (TBA) to neighbourhood health committees (NHCs).
“There was a time we went five years continuously without maternal death,” the NorthWestern Province Council of
Chiefs chairperson said. ZANIS..