A University of Zambia (UNZA) School of Veterinary Medicine professor has urged government to continue investment in research on infectious diseases in the country. Professor Aaron Mweene told the Lusaka Star in an interview that increased investment in infectious disease research would ensure the country be better prepared to handle infectious diseases such as the Ebola virus which was declared an international health emergency last year.
THE Ministry of Health (MoH) says Western province has recorded 25 cases of Konzo disease. MoH spokesperson Reuben Kamoto Mbewe has confirmed the development in a press statement and made available to the Lusaka Star this morning. Dr. Mbewe revealed that the disease is characterized by weakness in the lower limbs and pelvic pain.
STUDENTS at the University of Zambia (UNZA) have bemoaned the continued poor sanitation at the institution. A check around campus by the Lusaka Star revealed that most shower rooms in student hostels such as Kafue hostels for females were blocked leading to excessive flooding. A student at the institution Nicole Muyunda expressed displeasure over the living conditions that students were being subjected to.
THE Lusaka City Council (LCC) has expressed confidence that Lusaka will maintain a cholera-free record this year as the local authority has put in place deliberate sanitation measures that will prevent the possibility of any cholera outbreak. Last year, Lusaka province did not record any cholera case during the rainy season despite floods that hit the city.
ZAMBIA through the World Food Program has launched the Scaling up Nutrition (SUN) Movement to develop nutrition in the country. The SUN movement which was aimed at uniting governments, civil society, the United Nations’ donors, researchers and businesses in collective effort to develop and implement strategies that improve nutrition was founded on the principle that would allow everyone to have the right to food and good nutrition.