HUNDREDS of pupils from 30 Government and private schools in Lusaka’s Kanyama township have been sent home at the recommendation of the Lusaka City Council following an outbreak of typhoid which has already claimed the live of two pupils in the area.
Lusaka City Council (LCC) public relations manager Habeenzu Mulunda announced that all the affected learning institutions were found with unhygienic sanitary facilities which could lead to further spread of the disease.
Mr Mulunda said LCC public health department has intensified inspections in all the schools and eating places in Kanyama following the outbreak of typhoid last week.
“So far about 30 Government and private schools have been closed down due to unhygienic conditions. This is in accordance with the provisions of Regulation 20 of the Public Health Act Cap 295 of the Laws of Zambia.
“In view of the development, Lusaka City Council would like to urge members of the general public, schools and eating outlets especially in the affected area to take preventive measures by ensuring that they maintain good hygiene and sanitation standards to avoid further outbreaks of the disease,” he said. He named the affected schools as Blue Bird School, Grace Community School, World Wide Community School and Bhungu Education Centre.
Others are Good Shepherd Community School, Tithandize Community School, Membe Community School, Glory to Glory Community School, Gift Tech School, Silver Sand School and Sante Education Centre,
The rest are Parles School, Ben Ten Day Care School and Remegel Academy, Faith Foundation Community School and Arise and Shine Day Care.
He also announced that other schools which have been warned but have continued with operations are Legacy Academy, Malpher Education Centre and True Gospel community Schools.
Last week, Minister of Health, Dr Joseph Kasonde announced the death of two children from typhoid at one of the schools in the compound while several other children were being treated for the disease.
Kanyama is a densely populated residential area with a history of poor sanitary conditions.
These include lack of treated water and poor toilet facilities for over 81,000 households, representing 250,000 people without such facilities.
Most households in the compound relied on public facilities such as taverns, bars and bottle stores to answer the call of nature while others use makeshift ablution facilities which are normally turned into natural sinkholes due to wear and tear especially during the wet season.