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SEWER EFFLUENT AT ZRA CHIRUNDU RAISES CONCERN

LILIAN CHIKANDI writes

@SunZambian

The damaged server discharging effluent from Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) customs building in Chirundu has worried the local authority because of the health dangers it poses.

Chirundu Central ward councillor Chrispin Malesu has expressed concern because the waster might lead to outbreaks of diarrhoeal diseases such as dysentery and typhoid if nothing was done quickly to correct the situation.

And Chirundu District council secretary John Mwanza said the situation at the local ZRA building was a big issue that needed urgent attention with the authority.

He said that ZRA wanted to pump out the waste and has acquired land where a big sewer pond would be dug and works had since commenced.

Meanwhile, Lusitu ward councillor Fund Chipembere also express that the number of dog bites had increased and called upon the Veterinary department to crop and vaccinate the dogs in rural areas just like they did in the central ward

Mr Chipembere said 25 new cases of dog bites had been reported in the district.

But Chirundu director of health Dr Kaunda Mwila Lembalemba said anti-rabies vaccine was free and people should be able to go to the hospital for treatment once beaten by the canines

In another development Nkandabwe ward councillor Benzia Siamuluwa said he was disturbed that defilement, property grabbing and early marriages were on the increase in nearby Kanyanga village.

Mr Siamuluwa said he was concerned about how the police officers were handling the cases as often times the victims were merely given medical forms and to go the hospital without escort and matters ended there.

Lusitu had recorded 10 cases of defilement and only 3 were reported, Sikoongo ward recorded 12 cases and no one reported.

Meanwhile, social welfare department director Lumbani Mazunda said his department protected the rights of the victims, ensured that a medical form was given to the victim by the police and perpetrators punished.

All this came to light during the full council meeting that was held at Mtudzi Nadi Lodge on Thursday last week.

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