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Zambia Medical Association on increased Influenza cases

The Zambia Medical Association of Zambia has called on the members of the public to adhere to the health measures in the wake of influenza cases as announced by the Minister of Health recently.

Zambia Medical Association Secretary General, Oliver Kaoma says the adhering of the public health guidelines is important in the prevention of influenza in the country.

Speaking in an interview with ZANIS, Dr Kaoma said the association has informed its members to be on high alert for any patient presenting flu symptoms and ensure that they are subjected to the necessary tests in order to rule out other respiratory infections like COVID-19.

The Secretary General further advised the public not to panic but rather adhere to the Public Health guidelines as influenza is a yearly outbreak which comes with the cold season.

“COVID-19 for instant and influenza have similar modes of spreading and both can be fetal and can both be contracted through interaction. One of the preventive measures that I would like to emphasize to the general public is that they ensure that they avoid close proximity with someone with influenza symptoms,” he added.

Dr Kaoma highlighted that avoiding crowded places, washing of hands with soap regularly and avoiding interaction with people with influenza symptoms, taking hot beverages and wearing warm clothes as some of the necessary preventive measures of influenza.

He further cautioned the general public to visit their health providers immediately if they start experiencing influenza symptoms.

Dr Kaoma has since appealed to the media to help in raising awareness about the influenza outbreak as they are a key stakeholder in sensitizing the public.

Meanwhile, a Kalingalinga resident, Mubanga Mulenga has urged other members of the community to adhere to the COVID-19 preventive measures as it will help in reducing COVID-19 cases in the country.

Minister of Health Sylvia Masebo recently announced that the country is experiencing an increase in respiratory infections, including severe influenza during this time of the year when the weather is cool and dry.