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SADC ministers of health convened today in an extraordinary virtual council meeting to discuss coordinated efforts to prevent and control the spread of cholera across the region.

So far, five member states, including Zambia and Zimbabwe, have recorded cholera cases, which have led to hundreds of deaths.

The Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr. Kalumbi Shangula, joined health ministers from 11 SADC member states in a meeting aimed at regional efforts to tackle the cholera outbreak in the region.

The meeting further looked at the state of preparedness, response, and measures in place to mitigate cholera.

The Chairperson of the SADC Council of Ministers, Ambassador Téte António, says one country cannot fight cholera alone; therefore, there is a need for coordinated efforts.

The ministers also called on member states to invest in the region's health infrastructure.

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