The Ministry of Health is impressed with FRA over the comprehensive measures it has undertaken in response to the outbreak of Cholera in Lusaka.
Mr. Joshua Siame from the Ministry’s Health Promotions Department has urged other institutions to emulate FRA in not only effecting control measures but also prioritizing awareness by engaging the Ministry in order to reinforce messages.
Mr. Siame said that what was more impressive about FRA was the fact that as a food-based institution it was at the forefront of ensuring food safety especially now that traders bought maize from FRA for export.
Mr. Siame said this today, Wednesday 24th January, 2018 at Mwembeshi Depot in Lusaka when the Ministry of Health conducted a Cholera Trainers Training sensitization and awareness workshop for seasonal staff.
The FRA at Mwembeshi depot has over 200 seasonal staff daily in warehousing management which includes loaders and winnowers, some of whom come from Cholera prone centers of Lusaka.
And in his presentation at the training, Mr. Brighton Sinkala from the Ministry’s Public Health Department said that it was a myth for people to think that Kachasu and tujilijili were good for prevention of Cholera. He said it was not correct and many people had died because of this wrong notion.
The training was interactive, practical and was delivered in a mixture of languages in order to put across the messages. At the end of the training participants were able to recite the five key areas important for the prevention of Cholera which were: Use of Safe, clean water; Personal hygiene; Food safety; Proper Fecal disposal; and, a clean environment.
The trainers training for FRA was organized by the Agency’s health provider, Medlink, which was represented by Ms. Precious Bwalya, the client relationship manager. The training was also conducted at Mungwi depot in Lusaka and would be rolled out in other FRA depots.
So far, all vehicles and clients entering FRA depots or offices including staff are made to wash their hands and vehicles sprayed against the germ. In addition, all FRA seasonal staff have had the Cholera vaccine.