The Zambian government has declared a curfew in selected parts of the capital, Lusaka, amid a prolonged cholera outbreak that has killed nearly 60 people in the country.
Addressing the country’s media Health Minister Chitalu Chilufya said the curfew placed in Lusaka’s Kanyama Township will run from 6pm to 6am, during which time the citizens in the town will be banned from street vending and public gatherings.
Residents of the township however are not pleased with the curfew and have defied the order getting back to street trading as soon as the military deployed to clean the township have left the area.
“Kanyama has recorded the highest number of fatalities because of the poor compliance with interventions that have been put in place,” said Chilufya.
One of the interventions implemented to contain the outbreak, initially believed to be linked to shallow wells but later revealed to be caused by contaminated foods, include closing down restaurants for disinfection.
Schools Re-opening Delayed by Cholera Outbreak
In a joint statement released by Chilufya and Zambia’s education Minister Dennis Wachinga, the two ministers said the “reopening of schools countrywide had been deferred until further notice”. This has been done in a bid to stem the spread of cholera.
In a related development, Malawi’s Health Minister and Presidential aspirant Atupele Muluzi last week admitted that the cholera situation is equally worsening in Malawi but emphasized that the crisis is not yet endemic. Malawi has recorded four deaths and the latest figures show that the cases have risen to 199 since November 2017.