Is Zambia making progress in its fight against cholera?

Is Zambia making progress in its fight against cholera?
From Al Jazeera - January 14, 2018

Zambia's government plans to open its international school and a few shopping centres after saying it hashave made progress in its fight against cholera, which has killed at least 72 people since September 2017.

The move, announced on this week, comes amid fears the government has not done enough to provide information on the outbreak.

More than 3,100 cases have been reported nationwide over the last four months with the capital city of Lusaka the highest affected by the water-borne disease.

Large gatherings including church meetings, weddings and funerals in the affected parts of Lusaka have been banned, but the health minister said things were improving.

"Lusaka's international school will reopen on January 16," Health Minister Chitalu Chifuy said on Saturday.

"They have been inspected and meet sanitary conditions," he added.

According to a government official, retail stores in some parts of the capital will reopen on Sunday, but not in Kanyama where at least 55 people were arrested a day prior after riots broke out over the curfew and the ban on gatherings.

Rioters pelted police stations with stones and damaged windows while a car and a truck hired to clear debris by the government was also set on fire.

"The government will not allow lawlessness," Minister of Home Affairs Stephen Kampyongo said.

"The security and safety measures will remain in force and if anyone breaks the law, they would be dealt with as the cholera situation is a matter of life and death," he added.

Earlier this month, President Edgar Lungu ordered soldiers and police to join council workers across the country to clean up markets and drainage systems.

In the capital, the streets around the markets were lined with heaps of debris and piles of black muddy waste material waiting to be collected.

On Sunday, Lusaka district recorded 87 new cases, including 14 children, taking the figure in the district to 2,927.

Residents are reluctant to shake hands, as per Zambian custom, and instead they bump fists to greet each other.

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