The Ministry of General Education has flagged off the distribution of hand washing equipment worth US$75, 000.00 to various schools around the country.
This is in order to promote hygiene in the fight against cholera.
The UNICEF and UKAID sponsored consignment of 3,500 anti-cholera kits which comprise a bucket, stand , basin and soap will be distributed to selected schools in Northwestern, Luapula and Copperbelt provinces, respectively.
Minister of General Education Dennis Wanchinga said yesterday at occasion held at his ministerial office that government remains committed to combating cholera by providing facilities that will promote high standards of hygiene among school going children and communities.
Dr Wanchinga said government has recognized the need for serious investment in water reticulation because much of school programmes such as the feeding programme and girl child menstrual hygiene all depend on the ready supply of clean and safe water.
He challenged Zambians to change their behavior concerning waste management and disposal in order to avert unwanted outbreaks of pandemics such as cholera .
In recent months , Lusaka has been ravaged by escalating cases of cholera with over 2, 800 cases reported and over 50 deaths recorded.
And Dr Wanchinga , who is also acting Minister of Higher Education, has quashed any hopes of private and public schools in non-cholera infested areas opening early amidst the prevailing cholera pandemic.
This is because government cannot take any chance because both public and private schools remain susceptible to contracting cholera through cross contamination as a result of mobility of people.
Dr Wanchinga said all schools will remain closed until further notice from the Ministry of Health.
And Ministry of General Education Permanent Secretary Henry Tukombe said government is working tirelessly to ensure that cholera is contained and a safe environment is provided.
Mr. Tukombe said all learning institutions in Lusaka have all complied with the provisions of SI 79.