Kafue DC urges disease prevention

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Kafue DC urges disease prevention

Kafue, January 15, 2015, ZANIS…..Kafue district   Commissioner Grace Ngulube has called  for concerted efforts  from all stake holders in efforts to prevent an outbreak of diseases.


Ms Ngulube emphasized the need to address the areas in the health sector that are prone to disease outbreaks if  the intended goals were to be achieved.


ZANIS reports that the District Commissioner said  this  in a speech read on her behalf by the District  Administrative Officer Ngoni Moyo during the epidemics preparedness committee meeting  in Kafue today.


The  District  Commissioner stated that the epidemics committee plays a critical role in ensuring that the  district  was  prepared  in case of  disease and other related outbreaks.


She affirmed  government ‘s  commitment  to ensuring  efficient quality service delivery  to the communities in the district.


Ms  Ngulube  urged  the participants  to look  into  general  health issues  affecting  the district  and ensure  that  shortcomings  were  avoided.


She  has  further  called on the  committee to  continue with sensitization and educating  the communities on Ebola and other deadly diseases.


The  District  Commissioner who is also chairperson for the epidemics committee has since commended  the  members , the  community development  mother and child health department  and  other stakeholders  for ensuring  that   the district  did  not  experience  major disease outbreaks  in the year 2014.


Meanwhile, reports from the health centers in the district  highlighted  lack of laboratories as a major challenge in disease identification and control.


Presenting  a  report on the performance of health center in the district , Clinical Care  officer David  Chanda bemoaned  that the non availability of  laboratory facilities has affected  the  culturing  of   specimen  which  is required to confirm  a disease  in a patient before  prescribing  medication.