—–Kawambwa District Commissioner, Ivo Mpasa, has implored pupils in the area to sensitise the community against open defecation in order to avoid outbreaks of diarrhoeal diseases including cholera.
Mr Mpasa says people in the community should be aware that open defecation leads to outbreaks of diarrhoea and cholera hence the pupils should start sensitising them against the vice.
He was speaking at the handover of 34 VIP latrines that World Vision Zambia (WVZ) Chama Area Development programme has constructed at six schools under the DFID funding.
The DC observed that since the pupils stay in the community, they should ensure the people are given the right information and dangers of open defecation as this will help avoid outbreaks of diarrhoea and cholera.
Mr Mpasa also said community members should also be sensitised on the importance of washing their hands after every time of using the toilet.
He has urged the pupils that have benefited from the VIP latrines to be ambassadors against open defecation at their homes.
However, Mr Mpasa praised the DFID for releasing the funds and WVZ, Chama ADP for putting up good latrines at the six learning institutions.
And WVZ Chama ADP Manager, Anderson Mambo, in the remarks made for him by Assistant Accountant, Abino Chola, said the 1 x 34 VIP latrines will benefit 2,102 boys and 1,772 girls in the six schools.
Mr Mambo said the schools that have benefited from project are Kawambwa Central, Kawambwa Tea Estate, Bulembe, Musambeshi and Mpota.