LUSAKA – The authorities in the ZAMBIAN capital, LUSAKA, have appealed to religious groups to help fight cholera, a deadly diarrhoeal disease wreaking havoc in neighbouring ZIMBABWE.

Cholera treatment centre in Zambia (Pic. Zambia Business Times)

LUSAKA City Council Public Health Acting Director EDGAR MULWANDA says organisations such as churches should promote the spirit of hygiene among their members.

He has told ZNBC News in the city the trend of shaking hands is back in the country, but people should continue to wash their hands frequently.

The national broadcaster says Mr MULWANDA has further appealed to schools to sensitise their pupils on the importance of observing the highest standards of cleanliness.

Grave digger at Granville Cemetery in Harare, Zimbabwe (Pic. The New York Times)

Meanwhile, LUSAKA Water and Sewerage Company Marketing and Public Relations Manager PATSON PHIRI has also spoken with ZNBC News in LUSAKA.

He says the UNITED NATIONS CHILDREN’S FUND, UNICEF has released 10-MILLION kwacha (about 896-THOUSAND-500 US dollars) for the expansion of water supply systems in areas around the municipality.

Mr PHIRI says the authorities plan to extend the water supply system to KALIKILIKI, KALINGALINGA and MTENDERE areas, and experts have completed the diagrams for laying out pipes and other installations.

Health Minister CHITALU CHILUFYA has in turn urged members of the public to drink chlorinated or boiled water, and wash their hands with soap before touching food.

The health campaign in ZAMBIA comes amid reports of a serious cholera outbreak that has killed at least 30 people across the ZAMBEZI in ZIMBABWE, which 10 years ago recorded 98-THOUSAND-592 cholera infections and FOUR-THOUSAND-288 deaths.

Cholera, an infectious disease that causes severe watery diarrhoea caused by eating food or drinking water contaminated with a bacterium called VIBRIO cholerae, can lead to serious dehydration and even death if untreated.

In urban areas like the capitals of both ZAMBIA and ZIMBABWE, cholera mainly breaks out due to very poor sanitary conditions under which residents go for weeks without piped water – with streams of raw sewerage flowing in front of houses./Sabanews/cam

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