Kafue medics stop diarrhoea-blighted bus

food poisoning diarrhoea
food poisoning diarrhoea

HEALTH authorities in Kafue on Monday intercepted a South African international passenger bus destined for Lusaka after diarrhoea broke out on board.
Kafue district medical officer Wyson Munga told the Zambia News and Information Services (ZANIS) that an Intercape bus registration number ICG342 GP was intercepted in Kafue where the affected passengers were treated.
Dr Munga said health authorities treated 18 out of 31 passengers who complained of abdominal pains and diarrhoea.
He said the bus was initially intercepted by district environmental officers in Chirundu after some passengers complained.
Dr Munga said the bus crew ignored directives by environmental officers at Chirundu to take the affected passengers to Mtendere Hospital for treatment and the bus was later  intercepted at Kafue Bridge security checkpoint.
He said the affected passengers were taken to Kafue District Hospital for treatment.
Dr Munga also said preliminary investigations have revealed that the passengers were given some food and drinks by the bus crew and some samples have been taken to Lusaka for analysis at the Food and Drugs Laboratory.
Dr Munga said the bus lacked adequate water supply, disinfectants, soap and toilet paper.
He said the affected passengers have been discharged and are out of danger.