Government Chief Spokesperson Dora Siliya has complained that alcohol consumption among women in Zambia is still very high and worrying.
Speaking when when she addressed journalists during the mid-week press briefing held every Wednesday, Ms Siliya noted that according to a survey conducted by the World Health Organisation (WHO), Zambian women are the biggest consumers in the world.
The Chief Government spokesperson further said evidence suggests that 42 percent of Zambian women drink excessively, adding that the high alcohol consumption among women is a serious challenge to government.
Ms Siliya further announced that Government has approved the long awaited implementation of the National Alcohol policy intended to regulate alcohol abuse in the Zambia. According to Ms Siliya, the decision was reached on Monday 21st May 2018 during cabinet sitting at State House.
Ms Siliya who is also Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services pointed out that excessive intake of alcohol has exposed people to cancers, illnesses, promiscuity, gender based violence, causing accidents and low birth weight in children born from drinking mothers.
She has since appealed to sectors to participate in the implementation of the National Alcohol policy.
Meanwhile, Cabinet has also approved the National Heritage Conservation Commission taking over ownership of all significant heritage sites that are in private hands using a well-fortified compulsory acquisition mechanism.
Ms Siliya said the commission will further negotiate with individuals in instances where heritage sites are in private hands.
She disclosed that Zambia has a number of historic sites relating to its own independence which are in private hands.
Ms Siliya said most historical properties are being destroyed due to negligence by private individuals who own the heritage sites.
She complained that private owners do not adhere to heritage cohesion principles that are cardinal in the development of the tourism sector.