Twelve fishermen have died from diarrhoea in Lukanga Swamps in Kapiri Mposhi district.
The twelve, all men, died between Monday and Wednesday after suffering from severe diarrhoea and vomiting.
A Traditional leader, Agnes Chimbuleni and Ruling Patriotic Front (PF) Ward Chairman Peter Mulenshima confirmed the deaths of the twelve fishermen to ZANIS in a telephone interview.
The Traditional leader said the diarrheal disease suspected to be cholera broke-out last week at Kaswende, Waya, Kabosha and Ngwenya fishing camps.
She complained that the Ministry of Health took long to respond to the disease until after lives were lost in the area.
The bodies of the deceased are being promptly buried at a Cholera designated graveyard in the area.
Headwoman Chimbuleni said the only Health Center, Waya Clinic, was overwhelmed with patients suffering from suspected Cholera.
She said over 15 patients are admitted to Waya Clinic for suspected Cholera.
The traditional leader has since appealed to the Ministry of Health to open-up Cholera Centres in all cholera prone areas and fishing camps to reduce chances of further spreading of the diarrheal disease.
“We are in a crisis and neglected here we have lost lives from Cholera and until Monday that’s when the Ministry of Health responded when the disease broke-out over a week ago,” Headwoman Chimbuleni said.
But the Ministry of Health has said the diarrhoea disease which is being experienced in Lukanga Swamps was not Cholera.
Kapiri Mposhi District Medical Officer, Charles Mwinuna said the diarrheal disease was not cholera according to the results from the samples obtained from patients admitted to Waya Clinic.