———-The Ministry of health in Kafue has requested the Lusaka Water and Sewerage Company (LWSC) area office to allow the district health office use its laboratory when conducting water quality analysis.
Speaking during the District Epidemic Preparedness, Prevention, Control and Management committee meeting held at the district commissioner’s office, district medical officer, Mpundu Makasa, said her office was faced with a lot of difficulties with taking samples to the University Teaching Hospital (UTH) for analysis.
Dr Makasa stated that the major challenges the district health office was faced with were lack of transport and financial resources to take the water samples to Lusaka where also results took long to be released.
The District Epidemic Preparedness, Prevention, Control and Management committee meeting also heard that only one person died of cholera out f the four cases the district recorded during the past rainy season.
District Environmental Health expert, Grayson Mwale also disclosed that 101 cases of suspected dysentery and 33 cases of rabies were recorded in the first quarter of 2013.
Mr Mwale said that the district recorded a reduction in non bloody diarrhoea and measles from 1,587 suspected cases in January to 1,151 suspected cases in February respectively.
And 20,999 households out of the targeted 37 000 households in the district were sprayed during the Indoor Residual household Spraying (IRS) programme giving a coverage percentage of 57 per cent.