Deadly cholera outbreak: President asks MILITARY for help after disease kills 67 in Zambia

Thursday, January 11, 2018
By Paul Martin

THE military have been called in to help as a deadly cholera outbreak spreads killing 67 people and infecting nearly 3,000 people.

Thu, Jan 11, 2018

Zambia has started offering vaccinations against the deadly cholera outbreak that has gripped central Africa in recent months.

The plan is to target two million people most at risk from the disease after the number of those who have fallen sick since the disease broke out reached 2,905.

Cholera has ravaged the African country and prompted curfews and closure of some public buildings as health officials battle to bring the disease under control.

The start of Zambia’s school year has been postponed and all public gatherings have been banned in the capital, Lusaka, where 62 of the 67 cholera deaths have been recorded.

And the ban has also been extended to street vendors while the capital’s passport offices, located in a hub which is always thronged with people, have been closed in a bid to curb the spread of the disease.

Home Affairs minister Stephen Kampyongo said the Passports and Citizenship Office in Lusaka would remain closed until further notice.

Mr Kampyongo said: ”In the meantime officers will only attend to travel emergencies. This is to allow for measures to be put in place to avoid the spread of cholera.”

On Sunday, Zambia declared a curfew in a poor Lusaka township badly affected by a cholera outbreak to avoid crowding and street vending at night.

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