Minister of Health, Hon Dr Chitalu Chilufya has appealed to all business houses to cooperate fully when ever there is need for their businesses to be inspected and checked for possible cholera contamination stating that his teams were mandated by law to ensure that food being consumed by the public was safe.
The Minister was speaking to the press this morning at Ndeke House.
“To our friends in the business community that have been affected by closures or certain notices, we want to make an appeal for maximum cooperation. We are going to continue inspecting various trading places and hotels and if found wanting, we will close to protect the public. We are mandated by the law to ensure that the food our public consumes is safe.” He said.
And the Minister stated that they had put in place mechanisms for re-inspection and once they noted adherence, compliance and meeting of standards demanded from the usual inspection, they would reopen the businesses.
Meanwhile Dr Chilufya has paid glowing tribute to all well wishers who had come on board and contributed significantly to the fight against the Cholera epidemic.
Yesterday Trade Kings made a Significant donation in material and monetary form totalling to K2 000 000 . Today ZRA contributed Vehicles to be used towards the mitigation of the pandemic.
“For the new treatment centre at the national heros stadium, we have directed a further increase in the number of health workers to avert deaths.” He said.
“We have increased the nurse patient ratio to 1 to 2 from 1 to 7 . This then means that the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health who has commenced as directed, the provisional recruitment of nurses and environmental health technologists will work closely with the technical team to ensure that we deploy enough nurses to National Heroes Stadium Health Facility. This is to ensure we dont loose any more lives. One more death is too much. ” said the Minister.