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Chieftainess Malembeka decrees construction of toilets in all shops in her chiefdom

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Chief Machiya of the Lamba speaking people (right) accompanied by Chiefteness Malembeka (centre) and chief Chona (far left) during the open defecation free (ODF) celebration of Machiya chiefdom in Mpongwe district
Chiefteness Malembeka of the Lamba speaking people in Mpongwe District has directed all shop owners in her chiefdom to construct toilet facilities or face closure .

Addressing marketeers at ibenga Market this morning, the traditional leader further implored her subjects to practice good hygiene standards in a bid to avert the spread of cholera which has taken toll in most parts of the country.

The traditional leader has further directed all traders in the area To stop selling traditional beverages such as Munkoyo which she said were breeding grounds for the epidemic.

Chiefteness Malembeka said cholera has hit most parts of the country and that no area was immune to the waterborne disease hence the need for all citizens to take an active role in combating the spread of the disease.

And Chitambo District Council in Central Province has constructed 10 VIP toilets across the District in bid to prevent the outbreak of cholera in the area.

District Council Chairperson Lastone Chibuye, who commissioned the toilets in Mukando area today, disclosed that the facilities were constructed at a cost of more than K140, 000.

Mr. Chibuye said Chitambo, is a transit point for people travelling to Nakonde and Mansa, hence the need for the District to have pleasant toilets facilities.

“Access to clean and safe toilet facilities is cardinal in ensuring that our district is not hit by cholera or any other communicable diseases,” he said.

And speaking at the same function, District Clinical care officer John Mununga urged residents to always use a toilet to answer the call of nature and avoid open defecation.

“Prevention is our own responsibility, it doesn’t require us to use money, we can clean our own surroundings and keep our toilets clean and safe, it will cost us nothing,” he said.

Cholera can lead to dehydration or even death if untreated, it is caused by Vibrio Cholarea bacteria which is mostly found in food or water.

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