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.
A proposal by the Lusaka City Council (LCC) to introduce a policy that compels members of the public to produce National Registration Cards (NRC) on purchasing alcohol has cheered Lusaka parents. This policy proposal by LCC is a deliberate move aimed at reducing underage beer drinking in Lusaka. A parent and resident of Lusaka's Ngombe Township, Kunda Lwembe, welcomed the move by LCC and called on government to consider approving the proposal made by the local authority.
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.
The University of Zambia Students Union (UNZASU) has dismissed allegations that it has misappropriated funds meant for the rehabilitation of lecture theatres at the institution. Speaking in an interview with the Lusaka star, UNZASU president Steven Kyengula said the union only contributed half of the actual budget as agreed at the inception of the project. He explained that management agreed to contribute the other half of the budget to rehabilitate Lecture Theatre 1 (LT1) and Lecture Theatre 2 (LT2) which has since commenced.