The Zambia Institute of Environmental Health has called for a holistic approach in combating Cholera, a disease that has continued to devastate the Country with the latest being Mpulungu District in Northern Province.
Organization, Secretary General, Collins Siame says the Institute is concerned with the continued outbreak of the disease saying this requires urgent and long-term interventions to stop including other diarrhea related diseases.
“The Institute is aware that Zambia has launched a Multi-sectoral Cholera Elimination Plan 2019-2025 which is aimed at reducing deaths as a result of the disease by 2025 but we feel other interventions must include among other adherence to Rural And Urban Planning Regulations by all institutions involved in Planning. By combating unplanned settlements, government will easily provide water and sanitation services to the people.” He said
“Ensure enhanced food safety activities and inspection of premises and recommend closure of those operating below minimum standards by the Environmental Health Practitioners.” He stressed.
“Capacity building for Environmental Health practitioners in matters of disease prevention, rehabilitation of the environment and promotion of health services and need for continued health education and promotion topics in the media.”
Mr.Siame has since urged the Environmental Health practitioners in the Country to continue working hard and double their efforts in the Provision of better environmental health services to the people.