Zambia president orders military in the fight against cholera spread


FILE PHOTO: Cholera patients

Zambian President Edgar Lungu has directed the military to help fight the spread of cholera, which killed 41 people in the nation’s capital and made more than 1,500 others sick since late September.

The outbreak began on Sept. 28 but appeared to die down by Oct. 20, with fewer than five patients reported weekly until Nov. 5.

The number of cases then surged, with 136 in the week beginning Nov. 26, the World Health Organisation reported.

Presidential spokesman Amos Chanda said in a statement on Friday that the president believed emergency measures were needed to contain the waterborne disease, including the closure of some markets.

The outbreak was initially confined to densely populated parts of Lusaka where poor sanitation can aid its transmission, but the disease had now spread to low-density areas, Chanda said.

“The president is deeply…

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