By KALOBWE BWALYA
ALL the 33 wards in Lusaka will have a public health inspector responsible for handling complaints such as noise pollution and unsanitary conditions in markets and surrounding areas, among others.
Kapwepwe ward 25 councillor Patrick Salubusa said he was happy about the development as the city would reclaim its beauty and cleanliness.
Mr Salubusa said once the inspectors were deployed in the wards people would start exhibiting high standards of hygiene. Mr Salubusa pointed out that putting value on public health in shanty compounds was so important to ensure people lived in a clean environment.
He advised the residents to adhere to public health provisions to avoid being in conflict with law especially indiscriminate disposal of garbage and committing other public nuisances.
He said last week, 13 illegal bars that were operating at Desai market were closed by LCC for contravening the provisions of the Public Health Act Cap 295, the Food and Drugs Act Cap 303, the Local Government Act No. 2 (Solid Waste Management) Regulation of 2011, Statutory Instrument No. 12 of 2018 and the Liquor Licensing Act No. 20 of 2011 of the Laws of Zambia.
Mr Salubusa also said most bars in his ward were not up to standard, as they did not have proper sanitary facilities, no running water and filthy surrounding.
Mr Salubusa warned that those who do not follow public heath provisions and were running business would have their entities closed and would be prosecuted for abrogating the law.
“It is not a secret that Desai compound has been nicknamed Congo with Desai market being referred to as its capital city because of lawlessness which has given birth to junk boys and girls with bars and taverns within the market affecting pupils at the neighboring Desai Primary School,” he said.