THE falling health standards in many eating places in Lusaka should make the Lusaka City Council health department double up its efforts to correct the situation.
Many residents complained that a good number restaurants in the city were operating below standard as they either served badly cooked food or operated in unhygienic environment.
One of the concerned residents Mr Mabvuto Mbewe claimed that the health department of the local authority was not doing enough in terms of inspections, a situation which has led to poor services.
He said the numerous eating places especially in the sprawling compounds were extremely filthy and should be closed down altogether.
“I dont know how often our council health inspectors carry out their inspections around Lusaka,” he wondered.
He said even in places like the heavy industrial area, there were several makeshift restaurants operating by the roadsides in most unhygienic surroundings.
“Just why people go there and choose to eat that food boggles my mind. It obviously means that our council health department is not doing its job.
“And why serious outbreaks of dieases have not been experienced so far is because of the grace of God. The places are bad. Even those at market places elsewhere are not clean enough,” said Mr Mbewe.
Recently the council health department was asked to make random checks on restaurants and many other eating places in the city to check on the quality of food and services.
The request was made from a background of reported contaminated foodstuffs in some eating places.
A consumer recently reported having found a cockroach in the doughnut she bought at one of the take-aways in Northmead area.
LCC could not be immediately reached for a comment over its need to frequently carry out inspection of eating places.