Neno District Tightens Disease Prevention Measures

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Health authorities in Neno District have cautioned people against relaxing in observing all disease prevention measures as active reports of Covid-19 and cholera are being registered in neighboring districts and countries.

Nsanje has so far registered good number of active and confirmed cases of Covid-19 while Zambia has cholera cases.

Speaking at an all-inclusive district emergency response meeting over the weekend, Malaria coordinator for Neno district, Brazilio Mose, said that they have put in place measure that will ensure timely response to emerging pandemics.

He cited purchase of some supplies like chlorine, mosquito nets and intensifying of awareness campaigns in all hot spots.

Mose however lamented the continued rise in cases of Malaria in the district, which is leading all districts despite having no major Malaria harbors like lakes.

"Many people in Neno misuse the mosquito nets while others do not come to receive treatment on time. It is our wish to reach people with messages so that they understand the use of mosquito nets and seek early treatment," said Mose.

On her part, Neno District Health Promotion officer who doubles as District Health office publicist Caroline Banda advised the people to always seek medical attention at designated health pots and desist from taking unprescribed medical drugs.

"We want people to have this in mind that each suspected disease must be reported to health authorities so that we can ably determine what the disease is all about and deal with them at their early stages," said the PRO.

Banda further said that plans are underway to equip all health centres with adequate personal protective wears and distribute some to the general public.

Beyond Our Hearts Foundation project officer Pemphero Nkhata, whose organization is receiving funds from Save the Children and working hand in hand with the Neno District Council under the Localisation Drive said that they have already trained different clusters on disaster management.

She said that as an organization "we have trained clusters like education, health and others on anticipatory, response, management and recovery so that they play a role in mitigation".

As measure to counter waterborne diseases in hotspots of Zalewa and Lisungwi, District Water officer Richard Mkandawire said that they are chlorinating all water points, drilling boreholes and establishing gravity fed water systems.

"Am here to report that we are done with areas around Dambe, (Chakulembera village) which had cases of typhoid fever and Cholera. We piped that area with gravity fed system. People are drinking safe water," said Mkandawire.

Neno District Director of Planning and Development Charles Lomoni has since asked the people to continue drinking water from safe sources while also observing personal hygiene like washing hands and wearing masks to prevent the spread of cholera and Covid-19.

This year, Neno has not registered any cases of cholera nor Covid-19 hence Lomoni's appeal for continued adherence to all preventive measures.

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