The Council and Ministry of Health yesterday swung into action to close bars and food outlets that were operating without sanitary conditions in Lukanga Swamps in Kapiri Mposhi district.
The operation to close bars and restaurants was in the bid to contain the spread of Cholera and other diarrheal diseases which are currently widespread in the area.
Recently, 15 people died from Cholera in the area and many more were admitted and treated at Waya Clinic, the only Health Center in Lukanga Swamps.
Kapiri Mposhi District Council, Environmental Health Officer, Peter Sati who led the crew told ZANIS that the closure of the outlets followed an order by Kapiri Mposhi District Magistrates Court.
Mr Sati said the District Health Team sought for an order to close the outlets because their owners had failed to observe the minimum health and sanitary standards required for one to run bars and food outlets which is in contravention with the Food and Drugs Act Cap 303 Section 7 and Chapter 295 of the Public Health Act.
He said the owners of the outlets in the area had been reminded and warned several times to observe the Food and Drugs and Public Health Acts and other subsidiary laws to ensure they operate in sanitary conditions.
Mr Sati said the outlet’s owners however ignored the reminders and opted to operate without toilets and running water.
He said the conditions in which the outlets were operating necessitated the further spread of Cholera which claimed people’s lives recently.
15 people died while over 40 others were admitted to Waya Clinic after experiencing severe Diarrhoea and vomiting.
The Cholera broke out at Kaswende, Waya, Kabosha and Ngwenya fishing camps on Lukanga Swamps.