LUSAKA Zambia (Xinhua) --
A court in western Zambia’s Mongu
district on Wednesday sent a medical doctor to three
years in jail after convicting him of defaming President
had created a fake Facebook account which he used to
bring the name of the Zambian leader in ridicule by
posting disturbing remarks, insults and digitally
altering his images, according to police spokesperson
She said the
doctor had used the name of another medical to create
the Facebook account and went on to threaten the same
doctor with murder when he complained.
spokesperson said the judgment was welcome as it will
send a strong warning to people who were in the habit of
abusing social media.
Zambia to immunize 1 mln people against cholera
GENEVA (Xinhua) --
The World Health Organization (WHO) said
Wednesday that it’s supporting Zambia in launching a
vaccination campaign in the African country to help one
million people against cholera.
was launched on Wednesday to vaccinate residents of
Lusaka, the capital city of Zambia, against cholera. Two
million doses of oral cholera vaccine from the Gavi-funded
global stockpile were delivered to the southern African
country in January, enough to immunize one million
Zambia’s health authority, the campaign will bring the
life-saving vaccine to the people who need it most.
an acute diarrheal disease that can kill within hours if
left untreated. Since the start of the current outbreak
in Zambia from early October 2017, the country’s health
authority has reported a total of 2,672 cases, with
Lusaka alone accounting for 2,558 cases. Of the 63
deaths countrywide, 58 were from Lusaka.
sporadic cases of cholera are regular occurrences in
Zambia during the five-month rainy season, the number of
cases this year has exceeded the average annual
The WHO is
currently working with the Zambia National Public Health
Institute to address the underlying causes of the
cholera outbreak, including clean water provision,
sanitation and health education on personal hygiene. The
agency is also helping authorities to track down cases,
treat cholera patients and provide community health
recommends that vaccination against cholera be
considered in emergencies and other high-risk scenarios,
as planning is underway to vaccinate a further one
million people living in known cholera hot spots across
the country later this year.
Cholera-hit Zambia rues neighboring countries’
LUSAKA Zambia (Xinhua) --
The Zambian government said on Thursday
that it was not necessary for some neighboring countries
to restrict travels by Zambians and halt food imports
due to a cholera outbreak.
reports, the Namibian government has resolved to
provisionally ban importation of all perishable food,
fruits, unprocessed food and water from Zamia following
a cholera outbreak.
neighboring countries such as Tanzania and Malawi are
reported to have imposed measures to restrict entries by
Local Government Vincent Mwale said such measures were
not necessary as the cholera situation was not out of
control and as the government has put in place stringent
measures to curtail further spread.
they do this now when they never imposed restrictions
when we have higher cholera cases in the past,” he said
in a live interview on HOT FM radio.
He also said
there were many parts of the country that have not
recorded any cases.
recorded a cholera outbreak especially in Lusaka, the
country’s capital, since October last year with over
2,800 cases so far.