More than a year under PF, Cholera kills Zambians

One person has died while 37 have been admitted to a cholera centre in Mwense after the water-borne disease broke out in the rural district of Luapula Province.

The PF regime won power on after campining that they would develop Zambia within 90 days but more than one year later in office, poverty related diseases like Cholera are still killing Zambians

Enock Kunda, 17, died on Tuesday night at Mambilima Mission Hospital where 36 patients were admitted.

Mwense District Commissioner (DC) Victor Kasuba confirmed the death of Kunda, who had come from Lundumuna village in Chief Mulundu’s area.

Mr Kasuba said 35 patients had been moved from the mission hospital to Mulundu Basic School where a cholera centre was set up.

Two other patients were admitted to Chibondo Health Centre.

He said the first cases were reported on Sunday and the following day, samples were sent to Mansa General Hospital.

Mr Kasuba said the results of the samples came out positive and appealed to residents in Mwense and other areas to avoid movements near the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) border, particularly Kasenga area, where the disease was suspected to have spread from.

He said there were confirmed cases of cholera in Kasenga district in the DRC.

Mr Kasuba said the other place reported to have had cholera cases recently was Nchelenge district and as such, there was a likelihood that the waterborne disease could have spread to Mwense due to movement of people.

“Confirmed cholera cases have been recorded. Initially, seven people were admitted to Mambilima Mission Hospital, but the number rose to 36 and one patient died on Tuesday night,” he said.

Mr Kasuba said he had since directed the Immigration Department and Zambia Police Service to stop the movement of people from Kasenga District in the DRC into Zambia.

“The ministry of health has already started major interventions. As I am talking, the ministry has put in place enough facilities and drugs.

“Our people should not panic but should at all costs avoid unnecessary gatherings and movements,” he said.

In Mpulungu, seven people have been admitted to a local hospital for suspected cholera, NORMA SIAME reports.

Sources said the suspected waterborne disease broke out last week.

When contacted, Mpulungu District Commissioner Julian Chuzu, however, denied the report, saying the cases were ordinary diarrhoeal cases.

“It is not confirmed that cholera has broken out; what was recorded was diarrhoea and until we have test results I cannot confirm we have cholera,” she said.

Mpulungu last year in July recorded more than 100 case of cholera and four deaths when the disease broke out in villages around Lake Tanganyika.

COMMENTS

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    WILLIAM K 5 years

    EVEN IF IT MEANS TO CRITICISE THE GOVT, AWE THIS IS UNNECESSARY. CHOLERA HAS BEEN KIILING PEOPLE FROM TIME IMMEMORIAL. YES THE PF GOVT SHOULD DO SOMETHING. BUT THIS IS THE PROBLEM THAT HAS BEEN THERE FROM THE KAUNDA REGIME. Think twice.

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    WILLIAM K 5 years

    I think I won’t waste my wisdom here. My comments are blocked

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    Navigator 5 years

    Well done watchdog!

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    lions head 5 years

    whose grave is that you are showing because it is not for enock kunda.how will the real owner of the grave feel??

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    Condolencies to the bereaved families. Sanitary conditions should be improved in all corners of Zambia.

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    Mumbwe Pakulila 5 years

    How many people die of this disease in the first year of MMD in power?

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    Mphangwe 5 years

    When this water-borne Cholera bacteria gets on the line of rail and other urban centres, the health problem will be chaotic. Zambians are strongly adivised to refrain from buying “ready-to-eat” cold food materials along the streets just to offset the extensive outbreak of Chorela.

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    Howling Wofl 5 years

    Ba Grant and Obama, failing to link cholera and PF is true ignorance of the highest order. As grant puts it, cholera is caused by poor hygiene. Hygiene on the other hand is directly correlated to one’s economic status which is related to levels of national development, hence national economic performance stimulated by a ruling government. Unfortunately the current government is CNP.

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    Grant 5 years

    Cholera is caused by poor hygiene not by the government.In Zambia it was there during UNIP and MMD eras – may be you were still not born by WatchGalu!!

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      No Name 5 years

      I remember very well in 1991 at a rally in Lusaka, kafue round about Sata was signing
      Kaunda cholera ….. Cholera!
      Kaunda cholera ….. Cholera!
      Kaunda alala ….. Alala!
      Kaunda alala ….. Alala!

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    where is kaseba with the 5 billion people are dieing of chorela

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    where is kaseba with the 5 billions people are dieing with chorela

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    OBAMA 5 years

    Ba watchdogs what has chorela got to with Pf in power? Echo ubuteko bwala mikatila!

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    You francis mwansa, what has this news to do with Tongas? Grow up u monkey. Be issue based, you are jst beyond tribal.

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      Mwine Mushi 5 years

      Leka babekate mashinshi yabo aya ngo’mbe!

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    menemene 5 years

    The headline is correct and appropriate you CNPs. The campaigns were on 90 days no cholera but one year down the line people are still dying. Shame on you with iq and memory of the pig.

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    menemene 5 years

    You Pf bufoons why complain about headline which is very appropriate. The whole thing is that CNP PF campaigned of premise of no cholera in 90 days not so. This headline is a remind to your fellow CNPs who have memeory of a chicken. Deceivers like lucifer.

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    Triangle 5 years

    Yaba but this being a real hater

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    ndinto 5 years

    ZWD must apologize for misleading the bloggers on this headline just the way you have apologized to Mumba. How can PF prevent chorela death on the lake or river? Only God can prevent it! Our people on the lakes like polluting the lake waters and same time drink form the same water so it just impossible to prevent that!

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      Bull 5 years

      I see you need lectures boss

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    Kajimang 5 years

    THESE PIPO ITS LIKE THEY ARE BARRYING UPND PARTY. I CAN SMEL THE UPND PARTY IN THE GRAVE

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      Evelyn Hone reloaded 5 years

      In which grade did you drop-out? my guess is 8….such are the people who brought us this mess

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        RB 5 years

        HIII,KEKKEKEKKE, WHEN I SAY HH IS MR IBU YOU DON’T PUBLISH MY MSGs WHY?? IT WONT CHANGE ANYTHING, THE GUYS SAID HE CAN SMEL MR IBU(HH) IN THE GRAVE. IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH WHICH GRADE.

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        Mwine Mushi 5 years

        Your father was a standard 1 failure!

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    Pls give us a break,Wat have Tongas done 3 only days in 2013.Bloody scared of them ..prepare for more headach then.!

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    Jack 5 years

    Y dont u sho my coments!

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    the seer 5 years

    Head line misleading ba watchdog.How many died of cholera under MMD i remember in Kitwe Hundreds of people died.

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    Onother iritating head line. The contents may be ok but childish naming of the story. You may not be popular like this.

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      Mukoki 5 years

      i agree with you, wd is a good source of infor but language guys, lets be sobber atleast so that we dont irritate pipo.

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        RB 5 years

        WE HAVE BEEN TELLING YOU GUYS & YOU SAY GET OUT, MANJE MULIMBE BANE.

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    The Truth Hurts 5 years

    but zooona you dont have what to report on……………..
    the report above clearly states that the outbreak originated from congo and only one Person died. Can u let us know the Total number of People that died from this Cholera under the P.F Govt………..cos from what i know they are not more than

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    ine wine 5 years

    my new year resolutions
    1. my sources of news in zambia will be ZWD and Muvi TV only
    2. i will noy buy a post newspaper in my life again unless they change

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    ine wine 5 years

    if you hide my comments then there is no difference btwn you and the other paper that is private but is pro PF. release my comments – discussions are health for all of us.

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      Evelyn Hone reloaded 5 years

      What about the one I have replied to? Are you blind?

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        RB 5 years

        IS AFTER TELLING THEM OFF, THEY DO THE SAME THING TO ME.

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    ine wine 5 years

    as long as we think health is curing diseases then cholera will be our tails; but when we start taking and handling health as ensuring that people take control of their lives then we should be able to handle the situation. the problem in zambia is always placing doctors in front of anything to do with health forgetting that health has two sides – the prevention and curative side. now in zambia we espouse the idea of curative health which is a downstream management of health i.e we wait for conditions to occur before we take reactive actions – look at public health in zambia and solid waste management – its pathetic but we dont do anything about it – how can cholera be eradicated in that environment? we need to ensure that people start taking positive steps like ensuring that all households have latrines in rural areas (currently at 26% of the rural people have latrines) and also toilets in urban towns where space cannot allow proper recycling of the waste we are disposing everyday. right now the PF government has taken a magnanimous step of de-linking preventive health from curative (though i still feel they should have left all district hospitals to the curative side) but they have medicalized the preventive side also by creating a provincial community medical officer. please PF this is wrong, let public health not be medicalized to such extents – let public health experts not related to medicine handle that department under community development if you want to see reduction in prevalences of water related, water washed, and water borne diseases.

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    Stigma 5 years

    SAD ABOUT THE EPIDERMIC BUT GOOD WORK ZWD FOR THE RURAL ZAMBIA UPDATES. remember Zambia is not just lusaka.Rain season comes with its own problems