After 90 days, Zambians still dying of preventable water-borne diseases

THE number of patients treated for typhoid in Mufulira’s Mupambe township has risen to 2,094.
Two people have so far died of the diarrhoeal disease, which broke out last month. The current PF regime promised to develop Zambia in 90 days of forming government. 112 days have passed since the PF won elections and the number of people suffering from typhoid is increasing.
Ministry of Health spokesperson Reuben Mbewe said in an interview Monday that out of the 2,094 patients treated for typhoid, 119 were admitted to various health centres while 79 were discharged since the outbreak of the water-borne disease.
“As at Friday last week, we had 2,094 patients who were attended to for suspected typhoid, out of which 119 were admitted to various health centres while 79 were discharged since the outbreak of the disease two weeks ago,” Dr Mbewe said.
He said two deaths have so have been recorded in Mupambe since the outbreak of the disease two weeks ago.
Dr Mbewe said Mufulira recorded 12 new cases of typhoid on Friday last week and 17 patients were treated and discharged from various health centres.
He said the situation in Mupambe is slowly stabilising and residents have continued to visit the mobile clinic for medical check-ups.
Dr Mbewe said the Ministry of Health, in partnership with other stakeholders, has intensified measures to prevent the further spread of the water-borne disease.
Government is distributing chlorine for residents to treat their drinking water.

Daily Mail

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