Sale of foodstuffs near public toilets condemned

THE sale of foodstuffs near public toilets at Millennium and Kulima Tower bus stations in Lusaka is worrying the public and have  asked the Lusaka City Council (LCC) public health inspectors to move in quickly.

Mubanga Kasonde a Mandevu resident said the council should increase the number of inspectors to enforce the ban on the sale of food under unhealthy conditions and that the team should include police officers.

Mr Mubanga said it was unfortunate that people were failing to observe hygienc standards when selling food.

He  recalled that the  LCC banned street vendors from dealing in fresh foods after the cholera bacteria was found in some of the food samples tested by the Food and Drugs Control laboratory in Lusaka a few months ago.

Shebba Bwalya also said the sale of fritters, peeled fried sweet potatoes, fried chicken and sausages as well as other foodstuffs especially at Millennium and Kulima Tower bus stations showed that the local authority was not serious in its campaign to eradicate street vending.

She said the problem was also with the public who were in the habit of buying from vendors  selling food next to stagnant water, heaps of garbage and toilets.

‘‘Imagine, how do you buy fritters or drinks next to public toilets?’’ she asked.

Another concerned resident Kafula Salamba said lack of routine inspections by public health inspectors on food hygiene was a major challenge in Zambia.

She advised the public to practise good hygiene to ensure that they did not contract diseases.

Earlier this year the council issued a statement urging the general public to avoid buying foodstuffs on the street.

The council reminded the public to observe basic hygienic behaviour, including systematic hand washing with soap after using the toilet and before handling food or eating, as well as safe preparation and conservation of food.

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