Zambia’s leading opposition UPND has made a donation towards the fight against cholera that has hit the country.
Deputy party Secretary General In-Charge of Politics Patrick Mucheleka made the donation today, Wednesday to Minister of Health.
And UPND has called on a collective responsibility in the fight against Cholera.
United Party for National Development feels duty bound to complement government efforts in the fight against cholera. We believe this is a collective responsibility as all of us are potential victims.
While the cholera cases are increasingly alarming, we need to begin to take as many mitigation measures as possible, in addition to government efforts to curb the vice.
We wish to reiterate our commitment towards complementing government efforts in fighting this fast spreading disease.
As we embark on this Cholera campaign, we would like to request that government informs the community on the location of all cholera centres in Lusaka and other parts of the country. Including the areas that are most hit so that information helps communities suggest measures to take in those residential areas.
This knowledge will help us ascertain the extent to which each centre is receiving cases so that the health practitioners and the public can also determine which residential area is adding more cases and why.
We further urge the Ministry of Health to clarify their position on natural and home-made remedies that are being advanced to manage cholera through the media.
However we are concerned about poor access to clean, quality and safe water, treatment of water from wells; limited health education and sensitization in communities, misconceptions about cholera, limited involvement of Neighbor-hood Health Committee and Ward Development Committees and political interference on enforcement of Public Health ACT.
Meanwhile we appeal to the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Local Government to strengthen sensitization and health education in places such as churches, schools and markets to ensure proper hygiene practices.
As UPND we appeal that the Local Government Act and its subsidiary laws which include the Public Health ACT, Market and Bus Stations ACT must be enforced to the later.
We wish to appeal to people living in Lusaka and other parts of the country which have recorded a few cases like Eastern, Southern and Copper-belt provinces to mention but a few, to cooperate with authorities by taking decisive measures to ensure we exercise high levels of hygiene at house-hold level while making hygiene a lifestyle.
“All of us must be messengers of messages of good will in eradicating cholera”.
As a party, we stand ready to partner with government and other stakeholders to assist the community address this problem.
Arising from the above therefore, we feel compelled as a Party, to donate the following items in-order to assist in this crusade of fighting cholera.
1. DOCTORS COATS
2. GUM BOOTS
3. COTTON WOOL
4. EXAMINATION GLOVES
5. SURGICAL GLOVES
8. TOILET TISSUES
9. BATHING SOAP
Issued by :
UPND DEPUTY SECRETARY-POLITICS