Traders in Chadiza increase cement prices

Traders in Chadiza district have increased the price of cement from 68 Kwacha to 90 Kwacha.

A check by Breeze News also revealed that there is a shortage of the commodity with only two shops having the commodity.

The commodity which was selling between 68 and 70 Kwacha is now selling at between 87 and 90 Kwacha.

According to some residents spoken to by Breeze News, the 22 Kwacha increase on the 50 kilogramme bag is unjustifiable.

John Phiri said that the increase in the price will greatly affect the building projects many people have embarked on in the district.

He said that traders have taken advantage of the shortage of cement in the district to increase the price.

Mr. Phiri explained that people selling building blocks have already increased the price of blocks following the increase in the price of cement.

Mr. Phiri has called on the suppliers and traders to consider reducing the price of cement from 90 Kwacha to a reasonable price.

Eastern Province in need of 2 million condoms

Two million condoms are required to meet the current demand for condoms in Eastern Province. 

Provincial HIV and AIDS Coordination Adviser Emmanuel Chama say the two million will meet the demand in non-health facilities that have been reporting a shortage for three months now.

Mr Chama noted that Chipata, Mambwe and Chadiza districts are the worst hit with the shortage of the sexual protective wear. 

And Mr Chama has noted that the shortage of condoms in the region is a plus for stakeholders involved in the fight against the spread of HIV and AIDS as it means that people in the region are using the material to prevent the spread of HIV and other STIs.

He noted that the region has been recording a reduction in the HIV prevalence saying this could be attributed to consistent condom use. 

Mr Chama stressed the need to enhance procurement of condoms, and called on other stakeholders to intervene and help procure more condoms to meet the demand for the commodity. 

Meanwhile, Mr Chama has called for enhanced sensitization efforts in fighting stigma in the region.

Mr Chama observed that people who stigmatize and discriminate against those with HIV are ignorant about the transmission and treatment of HIV.

He stated that with adequate knowledge people will not discriminate but encourage one another to get tested in order to take the next necessary step to prevent the transmission of HIV.

Government told to protect albinos

An organisation representing people with disabilities has called on government to put in place measures to protect albinos.

Centre for Disability Right Advocate say that there is need to ensure that people with albinism in the country are protected from attacks.

This follows a recent incident in Chama district where unknown people attacked and chopped off the hand of a 19 year old albino girl.

The Director for Centre for Disability Right Advocate Chibale Lungu says that the development is worrying because it comes a few weeks after another albino was attacked in Lundazi District.

Mr. Lungu says that people involved in these gruesome acts need to be stopped before they start going to areas where there is a large population of albinos.

He says that his organization wants government to move quickly to protect people with albinism because they are also human beings with a right to life.

Mambwe records increase in chicken pox

The Ministry of Health in Mambwe district has recorded an increase in cases of Chicken Pox from 80 to 349 in the third quarter.

Mambwe District Acting Public Health Officer Moses Sakala says the district has also recorded an increase in the number of diarrhoea cases from 136 to 219 in the same quarter.

Mr Sakala observes that the increase in the number of patients with chicken pox is attributed to the challenges being faced by the department to isolate patients from other members of the community.

He notes that many people do not pay particular attention to such cases such that even school going children who have the infection are allowed to attend class by the school administration as opposed to staying home.

Mr Sakala has expressed sadness over the ignorance of some community members to come forward and receive the relevant vaccination against chicken pox, even after receiving the necessary sensitization.

And Mr Sakala disclosed that diarrhoea samples have been sent to the laboratory in order to ascertain the cause of the sudden rise in diarrhoea cases in the district.