The Zambia Redcross Society General Secretary, Charles Mushitu says Soweto Market is a strategic market which requires high standards of hygeine to be maintained.
Mr. Mushitu says the need to keep the market clean can not be over-emphaised because most farm produce are bought from there.
Mr. Mushitu was speaking this morning when he led the Society’s staff and volunteers in cleaning and collecting garbage at old Soweto Market as part of the celebration marking the World Red Cross day which falls on Tuesday, May 8.
He said most diarrhoe cases are traced from the market because of the filthy environment which makes it easy for people to contract diseases.
He commended the Lusaka City Council for providing the equipment, and appealed to other humantarian loving Zambians to clean and collect garbage in their areas.
And Soweto Market Chairperson Norah Koyi commended the Zambia Red Cross Socoiety for the guesture, and appealed to other business houses to help in collecting garbage.
Ms. Koyi said currently there was no one collecting the garbage and that this has made the area a credible breeding ground for diarrhoe.