Shortage of chlorine worries Kanyama residents

The continued shortage of chlorine in some parts of Lusaka is worrying because some residents are unable to treat drinking water to make it safe and clean, some Lusaka residents have charged.

The residents said it was important that people were able to practice hygienic in the wake of the cholera outbreak in the district, and one way of doing that was access to clean and safe water.

They have since appealed to the Lusaka City Council to ensure that chlorine was supplied to all cholera-prone areas.  Sylvia Chipanta, a resident of Kanyama, appealed to the Lusaka City Council to consider first supplying chlorine to compounds where the cholera had broken out so that people were able to treat their drinking water in an effort to curb the disease.

Ms. Chipanta said that the shortage of chlorine was a big source of concern to the residents who should be practising healthy living. She said people were willing to join in the fight against cholera but they needed help from the relevant authorities.

She said unclean water was one major cause of cholera and that was why it was important that people were given chlorine to treat their drinking water.

“The outbreak of cholera has instilled fear in us as residents and we are working on ensuring that we eradicate the disease. However, this will require our local leaders to join us in this fight. As residents, we demand good drainage and sanitation systems,” she said.

But Lusaka City Council public relations manager Habeenzu Mulunda said that the authority was only responsible for supplying chlorine to the families of people infected with cholera and their neighbours.

Mr. Mulunda said the council had taken it upon itself to ensure that all families that had been affected with the cholera outbreak were given access to clean and safe drinking water at all times to prevent the disease from spreading to other homes.

“As a council, we only supply chlorine to affected families so that they are able to start having safe water for use in their homes,” he said.

And Kanyama Ward 10 councillor Agrey Masumo said that his ward had recorded a reduction in the number of new cholera cases.

Mr. Masumo said that the local leadership was working hard to ensure drainage and sanitation systems in the area were improved.

He further stated that the community leadership had engaged some non-governmental organisations to help work on the drainage in the area.

“We are working with Government, the council, and some non-governmental organisations to ensure that we eradicate the disease completely’’, he said.

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