(ZANIS) Over 70,000 people in Nsama district of Northern Province have successfully received the second dose of the oral Cholera vaccination, in the first ever massive campaign.
National Cholera Elimination Coordinator Fred Kapaya expressed happiness that his team has managed to record a one hundred percent coverage of the second round of the oral cholera vaccination programme in Nsama.
Dr. Kapaya said the Ministry of Health, working with other partners, is implementing a programme aimed at eradicating cholera in 20 cholera-prone districts in Zambia.
He was, however, quick to note that the programme which started on a slow note due to myths and misconceptions gained momentum after various interventions such as engagement of local leadership from the churches, schools and traditional leaders.
He thanked senior chief Nsama and his village headmen for taking up a leading role in ensuring that all the people are administered with the vaccine.
Dr. Kapaya warned people immunised especially in hot spot areas like Kapisha and Nsumbu not to relent but continue observing good hygiene practices to prevent the possible outbreak of cholera in the area.
He thanked the World Health Organisation -WHO- for supporting the Ministry of Health to coordinate the oral cholera vaccination campaign, including provision of logistics and vaccines.
And Lake Tanganyika Development Project Coordinator Dora Kamweneshe is optimistic that the water reticulation project being undertaken will help in the fight against cholera in Nsumbu once completed.
Meanwhile, Jennifer Konkola, a resident of Nsama’s Katete area said the move is a clear demonstration of government’s commitment to the fight and prevention of further outbreaks of cholera.