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CHOLERA UPDATE

LUSAKA (November 24, 2017)

Nineteen (19) new cholera cases have been recorded while 41 patients are currently under admission.

The new cases are; Chipata Compound (10 cases), Kanyama (6) and Matero (3) Current admission are Chipata Compound (13), Kanyama (12) and Matero (16) Cumulative cases; Chpata (129), Kanyama (113), Bauleni (1), Chawama (3) and Matero (17).

The cumulative number of Cholera cases has since increased to 263 from the time the disease broke out in Lusaka.

The Ministry has continued with provision of chlorine, decontaminating pit latrines, sampling water sources, health promotion and working with stakeholders in improving access to clean and safe drinking water.

Members of the public are further reminded to adhere to hygiene
practices in order to prevent further spread of cholera.

Issued by
Stanslous Ngosa
Head Communications & External Relations
Ministry of Health

PRESS RELEASE

The Southern African Development community (SADC) Ministers of Health meeting is set to open in Polokwane, South Africa November 9 2017.
Minister of Health Dr Chitalu Chilufya is expected to attend the
regional meeting.
Member States will discuss health and leadership related issues
affecting the SADC region.
Dr Victor Mukonka, Director of  the Zambia National Public Health  Institute,  which the SADC regional hub of the Africa Centre for
Disease Control and prevention (CDC), says Member States will discuss   Tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS,  health
emergencies and disease outbreaks.
The countries will also discuss how they can address challenges of
human resource for health, elimination of Malaria, implementation of universal health coverage and innovative health care financing to meet the Sustainable Development Goals.
Further, the Member States are expected to launch the report on
Malaria at gala dinner and commemorate the SADC malaria day.
SOUTH AFRICA (November 8 2017)
Issued by
Stanslous Ngosa
Head Communication & External Relation
Ministry of Health

MINISTRY OF HEALTH PRESS RELEASE

LUSAKA (November 20 2017)

The General Nursing Council (GNC) has nullified the examinations for Registered Nurses (RN), and Pre-Service Registered Nurse Midwives (RNM) due to examination malpractice. The Ministry of Health fully supports the action taken by the GNC to exercise the Nurses and Midwifery Act 31of 1997 to nullify the examinations.

The November / December 2017 Paper 1, II, II, IV, V and VI qualifying GNC Theory examinations for Registered Nurses (RN), and Pre-Service Registered Nurse Midwives (RNM) have been nullified following the unearthing of examination malpractice and leakage.

About 1,797 students are affected by the nullification of the examinations that started on 13th November 2017 and were scheduled to end on 20th November 2017.

The nullified examinations will be replaced by a complete new set of examinations scheduled to start on 11th December 2017 and end on 18th December 2017.

However, investigations into the matter have been instituted, and perpetrators when found will be visited by the law.

It must be emphasized that Government will not tolerate any degree of examination leakage in the health sector, as this hinges on matters of life and death.

Further, Government shall ensure that the General Nursing Council takes all necessary steps to minimise the risk of a similar occurrence in future.

The profession of nursing has held a long and cherished position in Zambia, and Zambian nurses are valued all over the world, for their integrity, and professionalism.

The General Nursing Council, is mandated by law to promote patient safety, protect the public from unsafe nursing practices, and to uphold the quality, integrity and professionalism among all members.
This include those that aspire to be members of the nursing profession.

It is therefore right that the examinations have been nullified, in order to preserve patient safety, aspire for quality health service delivery, and maintain integrity.

On the other hand, Government has already taken every precaution to ensure that all eligible nursing and midwifery examination candidates are not unnecessarily inconvenienced.

Issued by
Stanslous Ngosa
Head Communications & External Relations
Ministry of Health