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Media report cholera outbreak, 'good husband campaign'-Zambia

Lusaka, Zambia - The outbreak of cholera in Mpulungu, northern Zambia, and the “Good Husband campaign” launched this week were some issues of concern to the media this week.

The state-run Zambia Daily Mail stressed the importance of bringing the cholera outbreak under control as soon as possible to prevent it from spreading to other parts of the country.

The paper noted that cholera had become a seasonal public health headache to the government.

“That there have been 10 cases recorded already in the rural district is worrying because human life is at risk,” the paper stated on Saturday, adding that everything should be done to ensure that it did not spread to other parts of the district and the rest of Zambia.

“This disease should be fought with the aggression it deserves because of its potential to cause death.

“In January last year, it broke out in Nchelenge where it killed three people and left 64 others hospitalised, but an intensive intervention by the government and members of the community prevented the loss of more lives and the further spread of the disease.”

The Zambia Daily Mail said there was need to come up with long-term strategies for the prevention of the disease, and the intensification of the measures that were already in place, noting that every rainy season cholera was reported in one part of the country or another.

On the other hand, the state-run Times of Zambia this week focused on a social issue, commending the “Good husband campaign” that was launched by The Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) in rural Chipata district, eastern Zambia.

YWCA on Thursday launched what it has dubbed the Good Husband Campaign – an initiative to tackle gender-based violence (GBV), specifically violence against women and girls.

The Times of Zambia said the campaign was unprecedented, especially that some husbands did not so much behave in a manner befitting of good spouses towards their wives.

“Their conduct has been bad, and they could, therefore, rightly be referred to as ‘bad husbands'.

“Reports abound, mainly from the local courts, of wives seeking divorce from uncaring husbands who have abandoned them and moved in with their girlfriends,” the paper stated.

“As Eastern Province Minister Malozo Sichone says, homes which are supposed to be havens of peace for wives and daughters have, unfortunately, turned out to be deadly because of ‘bad husbands''.

The paper noted that while the country had in place laws against gender-based violence and several husbands convicted of harming their spouses and daughters had been punished under these laws, this had not stopped the abuse of women by their husbands and partners,  no matter how stiff such punishment had been.

“It is clear that even with this campaign, cases of husbands abusing their wives will continue. However, this does not mean that people should just stand by and watch. The launch of the ‘Good Husband Campaign’ is, therefore, a good idea,” the paper said.

Pana 02/03/2014