7th January, 2024
——- as LCC Inspects Lumumba Bus Station, Closes Unhygienic Restaurants and Confiscates Street Food
Local Government and Rural Development Permanent Secretary for Technical Services, Nicholas Phiri, says the government will not relent in enforcing laws that will reduce the spread of cholera.
Mr Phiri says that measures put in place to curb the disease include closing facilities and other nuisances that lead to crises like the one we are experiencing today.
‘It is embarrassing that we have to experience cholera annually; we must do everything possible to move away from this shame of cholera,’ Mr Phiri said.
The PS says there is a need to depoliticise the fight against cholera and has since called on all stakeholders to come on board and join the fight.
He said this when he paid an impromptu visit to Lumumba Bus Station, where he found Lusaka City Council (LCC) officers conducting inspections of the restaurants and ablution blocks.
The Local Authority has closed down more than five restaurants at the bus station for operating in unsanitary conditions and trading without health permits.
The Council has also started confiscating ready-to-eat foods being sold along the streets.
The Council will continue conducting inspections of all public places to ensure that people operating there follow prescribed public health guidelines.
This is contained in a statement issued today by LCC Public relations officer Glenda Nachinga.