Zambia declares seven days of fasting and prayer amid cholera epidemic
Zambia's Minister of National Guidance and Religious Affairs, Honourable Reverend Mrs Godfridah Sumaili has announced a one-week fasting and prayer period beginning today (Monday, January 15) to Monday, January 22 in a bid to "Kick out Cholera" from the land.
The first case of Cholera was recorded in October last year in Lusaka and since then, several interventions have been put in place to fight the pandemic, including assembling of a Multi Sectoral task force team comprising the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Local Government, the Ministry of Water and Sanitation and the Vice Presidents Office DMM Unit.
The Republican President of Zambia, His Excellency Mr Edgar Lungu tasked the "men and women in uniform" from the defence and security wings to conduct a thorough cleanup of the City of Lusaka as a heightened intervention in the fight against Cholera.
The Ministry of Religious Affairs has called upon every Zambian to offer 30 Minutes of Prayer for 7 days as the church wedges war against the Cholera Epidemic.
The Minister of National Guidance and Religious Affairs said: ” Servants of the Most High God. A 7 day fast has been declared starting from Monday the 15th of January to Monday the 22nd of January. It is a Nationwide fasting and prayer to Kick out Cholera.
"We are standing on 2nd Chronicles 7:14, Daniel 9:3-23 and Is 1:19. Every Zambian is called upon to offer 30 mins of prayer for 7 days. Prayer points will be circulated. Church Mother bodies will send circulars to their members. ZNBC and Radio Christian Voice will carry out live prayers at the watch of the hour led by servants of God i.e 6, 9, 12, 15, 18. Let us pray for the success of this program.” Rev. Sumaili requested.