Zambian Breweries has donated goods to the value of K2.5 million to assist in the containment of the current cholera outbreak in Zambia.
According to the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the outbreak has killed 74 people since October, including 68 in Lusaka. The number of new cases of the outbreak has decreased to 80 from 164. More than 3 000 cases have been reported in Lusaka.
A total of K1 million was spent on cleaning materials, clinical equipment, office furniture and various nutritional and carbonated soft drinks. Furthermore, K1.5 million will be allocated to build boreholes in the most affected areas, including Matero and Kanyama.
A water tank will be used to assist with providing good quality water over the short and medium term period.
National Breweries Plc., the Chibuku manufacturing company, has partnered with Zambian Breweries and contributed K250 000 to the fight. The donated items, including nutritional and soft drinks, were delivered to the Ministry of Health and sourced from local suppliers.
Ezekiel Sekele, Zambian Breweries’ Corporate Affairs Director, expressed his condolences to the families of those who have died following the outbreak of the disease.