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Zambian president visits cholera center, urges support amid surge

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Hakainde Hichilema waves at his supporters after casting a vote at a polling station in Lusaka, Zambia, Aug. 12, 2021. Zambia's opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema has emerged as the winner in the Aug. 12 presidential election, beating incumbent President Edgar Lungu. Hichilema managed to pass the 50 percent-plus-one requirement for a presidential winner with 2,810,757 of the votes while Lungu got 1,814,201. (Photo by Martin Mbangweta/Xinhua)
Hakainde Hichilema waves at his supporters after casting a vote at a polling station in Lusaka, Zambia, Aug. 12, 2021. Zambia's opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema has emerged as the winner in the Aug. 12 presidential election, beating incumbent President Edgar Lungu. Hichilema managed to pass the 50 percent-plus-one requirement for a presidential winner with 2,810,757 of the votes while Lungu got 1,814,201. (Photo by Martin Mbangweta/Xinhua)

Zambian President Hakainde Hichilema on Wednesday visited National Heroes Stadium in the capital of Lusaka, which was designated as the main cholera treatment center.

Accompanied by Ministry of Health officials, Hichilema inspected patient wards and conversed with both patients and healthcare workers. He later emphasized the government’s commitment to addressing the situation while urging support from various stakeholders.

He commended healthcare workers and other stakeholders for their contributions to managing the crisis, stressing the importance of personal hygiene and maintaining clean surroundings to mitigate cholera outbreaks.

Hichilema attributed the recurring cholera problem to years of neglect in city planning, leading to unplanned settlements lacking essential amenities like proper water and sanitation facilities.

He said the government will increase significant investments in upgrading these settlements as a long-term solution.

Zambia has grappled with a cholera outbreak since October last year, predominantly affecting Lusaka. According to the Ministry of Health’s daily update, the country recorded 528 new cases and 17 deaths in the past 24 hours, resulting in cumulative cases of 7,529 and 292 deaths.

During the same period, 669 patients were discharged, totaling 6,119 discharges, while 1,113 individuals remain admitted.

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