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Alba Iulia
Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Waterborne disease outbreak looming in Chambishi town

Health Waterborne disease outbreak looming in Chambishi town

 

Waterborne disease outbreak is looming in the mining town of Chambish in the Copperbelt Province owing to the water crisis which has hit the town.

Some residents talked to have complained that their taps have been dry for weeks a scenario which could lead to unhealthy sanitary conditions in most homes in the town.

They have called on the water utility company to quickly work on the challenges as the crisis may degenerate into an outbreak of Cholera and other related waterborne diseases.

They said they are forced to use shallows wells which are close to  pit latrines for their daily needs and  in some cases makeshift toilets to answer the call of nature.

And a health worker at Chambish Clinic has told this reporter that the clinic recorded 7 cases of Dysentery last week.

The health worker explained that the chances of more cases being reported are high as their working guidelines indicate that when a single case is reported at the clinic then it is assumed that 10 more cases may not have been reported by the people affected in the communities.

He also attributed the recorded cases of the disease to the water crisis in the town saying most homes have not been receiving water for days.

Chambish town is home to one of the biggest Copper smelters Africa, the Chambish Copper Smelter and the town has several running mines.

6 COMMENTS

  1. We are praying tomorrow
    God Almighty, Jehovah, will miraculously come to the rescue
    He will divert water from the nearby river and flood the taps
    Fear not my Brethren, help is nigh!

  2. If there is no water in Chambishi township, it could be because of a pump breakdown or pipeline burst, both of which only need fitters and Metal fabricators to sort out. GRZ must not even be mentioned in this simple issue.

  3. Lusaka Times, your ‘contact us’ handle is not working. We will therefore leave our response here. This is in reference to the story above.
    The current situation in Chambishi – Water supply has now stabilized and the supply is as follows: Morning supply: 05:00 hours to 10:00 hours. Lunch supply is 12:00 hours to 14:00 hours. Evening supply is 17:00 hours to 2:00 hours. The water supply schedule applies to all areas that is Makobo, Kankoyo/New Development Areas, Musakashi/Twaiteka Peri Urban Area. The raw water is currently being supplied by Chambishi Metals due to the declining levels in Kafue River at our intake. We sincerely apologise for the interruption in water supply and we are working to resolve the challenges in the area. Public Relations, Nkana Water and Sewerage Company. Kitwe.

  4. Lusaka Times, your ‘contact us’ handle is not working. We will therefore leave our response here. This is in reference to the story above.
    The current situation in Chambishi – Water supply has now stabilized and the supply is as follows: Morning supply: 05:00 hours to 10:00 hours. Lunch supply is 12:00 hours to 14:00 hours. Evening supply is 17:00 hours to 21:00 hours. The water supply schedule applies to all areas that is Makobo, Kankoyo/New Development Areas, Musakashi/Twaiteka Peri Urban Area. The raw water is currently being supplied by Chambishi Metals due to the declining levels in Kafue River at our intake. We sincerely apologise for the interruption in water supply and we are working to resolve the challenges in the area. Public Relations, Nkana Water and Sewerage Company. Kitwe.

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