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Doctors in full support of govt’s efforts to end the HIV pandemic.

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THE Zambia Medical Association (ZMA) says it is possible to end HIV with a generation if Universal Testing and Treatment is implemented.

ZMA president Dr Chansa Abidan in a statement said the Universal Testing and Treatment takes the 90-90-90 strategy to achieve a generation free from HIV.

“Thorough this approach, 90% of the whole population should know their status and 90% of HIV positive persons should be placed on long life Antiretroviral (ARVs) drugs and 90% of patients on ARVs should be retained in treatment care and have their viral load suppressed,” Dr Abidan said.

“Therefore as a profession, we see this as an opportunity to expand HIV services not just at health facility level but at community level as well. Government and partners in the health sector should invest resources in ensuring that we reach 90% of population knowing their status.”

Dr Abidan said that the Association was in full support of government’s efforts to end the HIV pandemic.

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8,000 lives lost to cancer every year in Zambia

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MINISTER of Health Sylvia Masebo has revealed that nearly 8,000 cancer patients succumb to the disease each year in Zambia.

Speaking in the Parliament yesterday , Ms. Masebo highlighted that over 70 percent of the fatalities occur in stages three and four, which are deemed incurable but could still offer a good quality of life with appropriate treatment.

The minister disclosed that alongside the 8,000 deaths, Zambia records more than 13,000 new cancer cases annually.

She said government is, however actively working to enhance the Cancer Diseases Hospital (CDH), a critical healthcare facility in the country.

Ms Masebo further informed the House that significant progress has been made in revitalising CDH, with additional efforts directed towards expanding cancer treatment services.

She said new cancer centers have been established in Livingstone and on the Copperbelt in Ndola, with the latter expected to be operational by June next year.

Responding to an urgent question from Nakonde Member of Parliament Luka Simumba, Ms. Masebo stressed the commitment of the government to address the challenges posed by the rising cancer cases.

“Madam Speaker, The House may wish to note that Zambia today confirms 13,852 new cancer cases per year, and nearly 8,000 patients die per year because more than 70 percent of these cancer patients are in stage three and four, which are incurable, but can still have a good quality of life with adequate treatment,” she said.

Ms. Masebo said CDH attends to 3,000 patients annually, with 1,800 requiring radiotherapy treatment.

She expressed concern that the diagnostic and radiation treatment machines, installed by Siemens in 2006, have become obsolete and were scheduled for replacement between 2016 and 2019.

“The New Dawn Administration under the able leadership of His Excellency Mr Hakainde Hichilema the President of the Republic of Zambia, measures by allocating money K12 million for repair of the two CT scanners and the MRI in 2022 and in the 2023 Budgets allocation of K300 million to revamp the operations of the facility has been done,” she said.

(Mwebantu, Saturday, 11th November, 2023)

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Anthrax outbreak: 335 cases and four deaths reported across six provinces

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MINISTRY of Health has disclosed that 335 cases of Anthrax and four deaths have been recorded in six provinces.

The affected provinces are Southern with 269 cases, Western 19, Eastern 30, Lusaka 13, North Western 1 and Muchinga with 3 cases.

Minister of Health Sylvia Masebo said a 12-year-old boy from Muchinga is among the victims that have succumbed to the disease.

Ms Masebo said this when she gave an update on the events threatening the public health security in the country.

“A cumulative 335 cases and four deaths have been reported across the country in the following provinces Southern, Western, Eastern, Lusaka, North Western and Muchinga,” the minister said.

Ms Masebo warned the public against consuming meat from unknown sources.

She said meat should be bought from designated butcheries to prevent the spread of the disease.

Ms Masebo said the ministry has also implemented measures to contain and prevent the spread of Anthrax.

She said reorientation of staff on disease identification and management to ensure early diagnosis and treatment among other measures.

(Mwebantu, Wednesday, 1st November, 2023)

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26 cholera cases recorded in Lusaka, with 2 deaths.

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MINISTER of Health Sylvia Masebo has told parliament that 26 confirmed cases of cholera have been recorded in Lusaka.

Ms Masebo said the ministry has also recorded two cholera deaths.

She explained that on August 18 the public was informed that a case of cholera was reported in Kanyama area.

Ms Masebo said as of October 25 health facilities noted a few more cholera cases in Lusaka.

She said this in a ministerial statement on the cholera outbreak situation in Zambia.

“To date there have been 26 confirmed cases of cholera in Lusaka and we are deeply saddened to report that two lives, one which occurred in the community, have been lost as a result of this outbreak. Our heartfelt condolences go out to the families affected by this,” the minister said.

She said health workers are working in the community to ensure that cases are identified and managed on time.

Ms Masebo said the Government is also distributing chlorine for household use and environmental decontamination among other measures to prevent the spread of the outbreak.

(Mwebantu, Friday, 27th October, 2023)

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