As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise, the Ministry of Health has promised that it is doing all possible to preserve lives and secure the survival of learning institutions and other economic activities.
In yesterday’s COVID 19 update, Ministry of Health Permanent Secretary for Technical Services Kennedy Malama expressed concern over the rising number of COVID-19 cases.
Dr. Malama cited lax adherence to public health norms as well as the discovery of novel variations in the nation, and he urged a concerted effort to halt the rise of COVID-19 cases.
“It is clear that the escalating COVID 19 cases we continue seeing are being fueled by; Laxity in adherence to public health guidelines, Super spreader events of various forms and of course the effects of the SARS COV 2 variants of concern detected in our country namely B.1.1.7, B.1.351, B1.617.2,” Mr Malama said.
He also implored leaders from all sectors in the country to take the lead in ensuring the safety of the people they lead by encouraging them to adhere to set public health guidelines on COVID-19.
“Today we call upon our Traditional, Religious, Political, Civic and Cooperate leaders to take pole position in the response to COVID-19,” Dr. Malama urged.
Dr Malama also commended health workers for their tireless efforts to serve lives and dedication to duty, amidst swelling numbers in hospitals.
He further announced that the recruitment of 766 health workers to strengthen the system would be concluded this week.
“We are delighted that the recruitment of 766 health care workers is being completed this week and expected new staff to start reporting from next week,” he said.
Further, Dr Malama announced that the Ministry will be receiving 108,000 additional AstraZeneca and 100,00 Sinopharm Vaccine doses to supplement the vaccines assigned for the second dose recipients and those that are yet to receive the first dose.
Mr Malama also stated that the second dosage of vaccination will commence on June 23, 2021.
The country has registered 1,231 additional confirmed cases of COVID-19, representing a 12% positive, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 101,996 with six fatalities.
In terms of new cases announced by province, Lusaka leads with 562 cases, followed by Southern Province with 211 cases, Eastern Province with 183 cases, Central Province with 118 cases, Western Province with 84 cases, North-western Province with 32 cases, Luapula with 26 cases, Muchinga with 9, Copperbelt with 3 cases, and Northern Province with 3 cases.