DYSENTERY has broken out in Shiwang’andu district and 78 cases have been recorded over the last three months.
Shiwang’andu has also recorded 19 dog bites in the last three months.
Shiwang’andu district senior environmental health officer Hezron Katasefa said this during a district epidemic preparedness meeting held at Shiwang’andu Secondary School on Wednesday.
Mr Katasefa said 78 cases of dysentery and 19 dog bites were recorded at the end of the second quarter.
He said the district medical office has intensified chlorination of water points in the area.
Mr Katasefa said communities are being sensitised on the importance of using toilets instead of open defecation in order to combat the waterborne disease.
He also observed that there is need to control the dog population to reduce dog bites in Shiwang’andu.
He advised dog owners to register their dogs and to vaccinate them to prevent rabies.
And Shiwang`andu district administrative officer Stephen Mulenga said the epidemic prevention and preparedness meetings are cardinal in preventing disease outbreaks in the district.
And Shiwang`andu district community medical officer Webster Kambinga said a district epidemic preparedness committee has been constituted to effectively prevent epidemics in the area.
Dr Kambinga said Shiwang`andu was fortunate not to have encountered any severe epidemics with high mortality. – ZANIS.