Zambians protest over measures to fight Cholera
Zambians living in the country’s slum communities in the capital, Lusaka have been agitating and rioting following a government decision to place a ban on some public activities.
The Zambian government has banned street vending and public gatherings to contain the spread of the disease which has killed 67 people since September last year. Most of the deaths were recorded in Lusaka.
The Local Government and Housing Minister Vincent Mwale, told Reuters that police have been deployed to one of the slums in the Kanyama Township to stop the riots.
“Police are already in the area,” Mwale said, according to Reuters referring to the Kanyama slum near the centre of Lusaka.
Zambia has already declared curfew in a parts of the Lusaka township badly affected by the outbreak.
Meanwhile the Zambian government on Wednesday started vaccinations against cholera. Two million people have been targeted in this vaccination exercise.
Imports from Zambia into Namibia have been banned following the cholera outbreak.