MOH Non Committal on Banning Diapers
Ministry of Health is non committal on whether it is considering instituting a ban on the use of diapers as a measure of containing the raging Cholera epidemic among other illnesses.
Spokesperson for the Ministry Adrian Chikumbe has told Zodiak Online that the cholera containment fight requires a wide range of interventions hence he said the ban on pampers alone could not help in containing the cholera pandemic.
Said Chikumbe,”banning diapers alone may not be a magic bullet in the cholera containment fight but a total compliance to all hygiene and sanitation principles including safe disposal of human waste.”
However one the health rights campaigners in the country, George Jobe has bemoaned the continued improper disposal of pampers in the country attributing the development to the current surge in cholera cases.
He has since called on the health authorities in the country to consider formulating specific regulations on the proper disposal of diapers failure which the government should just impose a total ban on the use of diapers.
“This is not time to do things as usual. We cannot sit back and watch as more and more continue to be infected by pandemic. Lets do everything possible to contain the cholera outbreak,” said Chikumbe.
So far over 37 thousand cholera cases have been recorded in the country with over 1000 deaths since the first cholera case was detected in Machinga in March last year .