Misisi residents have appealed to the Lusaka City Council to provide more public toilets and sanitary facilities to stop the  use of plastic bags or ‘‘flying toilets’’.

The failure by some individuals to construct pit latrines had led them to open defecation with most of them using plastic bags.

The residents complained that the trend was raising alarm of possible outbreak of waterborne diseases with the onset of rains.

“Most people here have failed to build pit latrines, and have ended up defecating in plastic bags which are being thrown anywhere,” said Chewe Chibuye, one of the residents. Ms Chibuye said plastic bags filled with human faeces were littered all over the compound.

Another resident Ms Towela Longwe noted that open defecation in the area was becoming a critical issue that needed to be addressed urgently.

She suggested that Government should move in quickly to help residents construct decent toilets.

“For as long as Government does not come to our aid, and help people to build decent toilets, some residents will continue to defecate in plastic bags, which is posing a health risk,” she said.

And Mr John Sitwala of the same township observed that there was need for sensitization programmes on sanitation and hygiene among residents.

He said the problem of open defecation should be a concern of everyone living in the area, adding that it should be the residents’ priority to prevent deaths that might result from lack of hygiene. – Millennium Radio 90.5FM

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