In a bid to curb the spread of Cholera in the city, the Lusaka City Council (LCC) has banned the sale of ready to eat food stuffs on the streets.
The decision has been communicated to street vendors and through their representatives who attended the Cholera sensitization meeting held at Nakatindi Hall in Lusaka.
The meeting which was convened by council was aimed at engaging and sensitising vendors on the outbreak of Cholera in some townships of Lusaka and the measures taken stakeholders to prevent it from spreading to other areas.
One of the measures taken is to ban the sale of ready to eat food stuffs on the streets of Lusaka but the measure could not be effected before sensitising vendors.
The ban is with immediate effect will remain in force until health authorities declare Lusaka Cholera free.
Vendors are therefore advised to comply with the ban as it is aimed at saving people’s lives.
During the ban vendors have been advised to find alternative businesses for then to continue for their families
Cholera cases have been recorded unusually early in some parts of Lusaka with one death recorded so far.
The Cholera outbreak can be controlled with cooperation from all stakeholders including vendors and now is the best time to take action before the rains intensify.
The council is also appealing to all Lusaka residents and all those visiting Lusaka to observe basic hygiene practices such as keeping environments clean, washing hands with soap and clean water after using the toilet, boiling and chlorinating water for drinking among others.
Meanwhile, Kamulanga Ward 9 Councilor, Jonas Phiri has launched a “watch your neighbour cleanness” awareness campaign following the Cholera outbreak that hit different parts of Lusaka.
Mr Phiri says the campaign has come as a preventive measure against water borne diseases in in ward.
The launch took place on Friday. October, 13 2017 at Kamulanga Health Post in Lusaka.
The councilor notes that the indiscriminate disposal of waste has been one of the main causes of the Cholera outbreaks apart from water pollution and has urged residents of Kamulanga ward to keep their surroundings clean to prevent water borne diseases such Cholera.
Councillor Phiri says the campaign will involve regular door to door sensitization on wellness and cleanness in the ward until 2021 when his tenure of office will come to an end.
He says his wishes to advocate for the criminalisation of indiscriminate disposal of waste in Zambia if the current registration is not loud enough.
The councilor says he wants every community member’s participation in the campaign, in line with the 7th National Development Plan (7NDP) provisions of prioritizing citizen participation in governance.