A UNICEF funded Community Lead Total Sanitation programme may not yield desired results if communities in rural areas do not change their mind-set on the importance of practising good hygiene and proper use of toilets.
According to a survey conducted in three areas in Kalabo district where the programme is currently running, most elderly people were not ready to use toilets and open defecation was the order of the day.
Some villagers talked to explained that toilets were meant for children and that the elderly would rather continue answering the call of nature in the bush as it had been since time immemorial.
Others expressed concern that they could not share the same toilet with their in-laws as it made them uncomfortable and it was disrespectful in the African culture.
Most villages did not practice good hygiene a development that would attract an outbreak of diseases.
Recently, Village Water Zambia organized a one-day sensitization training for chiefs and their subjects in Siluwe where Indunas Mwanamambo and Mwananawa confessed that there had been few houses with adequate sanitation despite the programme starting in 2013.
The chiefs said they would take it upon themselves to ensure that each household of their subjects had adequate sanitation and also washing of hands when one uses the toilet.
The traditional leaders warned that they would not entertain any person answering a call of nature in the bush.