Kabwe Municipal Council (KMC) Assistant Public Relations Manager, Waluka Mwaekwa, says the local authority has stepped up measures aimed at preventing any outbreak of cholera.

Ms Mwaekwa says the local authority has since intensified garbage collection and has further ensured that the waste is disposed off, at the appropriate designated sites.

Speaking in an interview with ZANIS in Kabwe today, Ms Mwaekwa said the municipality is also implementing a number of activities, among them encouraging people to adhere to utmost hygiene standards.

She added that the local authority is also reaching out to the people in Kabwe and the surrounding areas through the interactive radio programs that are focusing on environmental health education, street and market cleaning.

The Liaison Officer said the local authority has also engaged three private companies to ensure that collection of garbage and solid waste disposal in timely, in order to thwart any possibility of cholera outbreak in the municipality.

Ms Mwaekwa stated that fight against cholera especially in the rainy season is a continuous effort, and urged members of the general public not to throw refuse anyhow but at the designated places, for easy collection.

She further said the routine inspections within the Central Business District (CBD) especially eating places will also be intensified to ensure compliance with the Public Health Act, Cap 295 as well as the Food and Drugs Act Cap 303 of the laws of Zambia

Ms Mwaekwa has since warned restaurant owners and institutions dealing in fast foods to comply with the standard or risk the closure of the businesses because.

She emphasised that the council will continue sensitising members of the general public to foster behavioural change and adherence to good hygiene practices not only during the rainy season but all year round.

Ms Mwaekwa has since appealed to members of members of the general public to report any delay in garbage collection.

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