Shiwang’andu district has been hit by an outbreak of dysentery, so far recording 78 cases in the last three months.
The district has also recorded cases of stray dog bites in the last three months.
District Senior Environmental Health Officer (SEHO) Hezron Katasefa said this yesterday during the District Epidemic Preparedness meeting held at Shiwang’andu Secondary School.
Mr Katasefa said 78 cases of dysentery and 19 dog bites were recorded at the end of the second quarter.
He said the District Medical Office has since intensified chlorination of water points in all the catchment areas by distributing chlorine to all the nine health centres in the district. Mr Katasefa added that community members were being sensitized on the importance of using toilets as opposed to open defecation to reduce the high number of dysentery cases.
He also said that there was need to control the dog population in the district to lessen dog bites in Shiwang’andu.
Mr Katasefa advised dog owners to register their dogs and have them vaccinated in order to control and fight rabies.
And speaking at the same occasion, Shiwang`andu District Administrative Officer Stephen Mulenga said Epidemic Prevention and Preparedness meetings were cardinal in preventing disease outbreaks in the district.
And Shiwang`andu District Community Medical Officer (DCMO) Webster Kambinga said that a District Epidemic Preparedness Committee (DEPPC) has been established to effectively prevent epidemics in the district.
Dr. Kambinga said Shiwang`andu was fortunate not to have encountered any severe epidemics with fatal mortality.