Cholera has broken out in Mpulungu District in Northern Province, killing one person.
Northern Province Permanent Secretary, Emmanuel Mwamba disclosed to QFM that Mpulungu Hospital has since treated 52 suspected Cholera cases of which seven patients have been admitted to the hospital.
Mr. Mwamba says the villages that have been mostly affected are lakeshore villages such as Kasasa, Tonga, Mupata, Sondwa and Posa villages although nearly every village has since recorded a suspected case of cholera.
He says government has since put up strong preventive measures to curb the outbreak.
Mr. Mwamba says the medical team that was dispatched last week has attributed the outbreak to last week's sudden down pour of rains that the country experienced.
He adds that the team has however also established unusual high cases of diarrhea diseases in the surrounding villages.
Mr. Mwamba has further disclosed that government banned any sorts of gatherings including funerals to comply with prevention regulations that will help stem the outbreak.
The Northern Province permanent secretary has also duirected Chambshi Water Company to ensure that water supply is restored to Mpulungu townships folloWing the breakdown of their service on Friday.
Mr. Mwamba says he fears that if water supply is not restored immediately, it would worsen or undermine the prevention mechanisms that the medical team has put in place and might escalate the outbreak.