Zambia’s president deploys army to battle cholera after 41 deaths

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Zambia's President Edgar Lungu attends a signing ceremony at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, February 8, 2016. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer
Zambia’s President Edgar Lungu attends a signing ceremony at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, February 8, 2016. REUTERS

Zambia’s president Edgar Lungu has deployed the army to help combat a cholera outbreak that has killed 41 people in the capital Lusaka and affected 1,550 more since September.

According to the World Health Organisation, the initial outbreak began on September 28. The country’s health ministry subsequently launched efforts to limit the spread of the disease, AFP reports.

“I have directed all the three wings of the Defence Force to join the Ministry of Health… to escalate efforts to minimise the spread of cholera in our capital city and the rest of the country,” Lungu wrote on his official Facebook page on Friday.

Fellow countrymen and women,I have directed all the three wings of the Defence Force to join the Ministry of Health and…

Posted by Edgar Chagwa Lungu on Friday, December 29, 2017

In his post, Lungu expressed sadness over the number of people who have dies of the disease since its outbreak.

In order to control its spread, Lungu said that there would be a crackdown on street food stalls, bars and restaurants that do not meet minimum food hygiene standards

A bacterial disease causing severe diarrhoea and dehydration usually spread in water.

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