Mukinge girls given ultimatum

Mukinge in Northwestern province

Mukinge in Northwestern province

The District Health management Team in Kasempa has given Mukinge Girls Secondary School an ultimatum of three weeks to improve sanitary conditions a the learning institution.

According to a report obtained by ZANIS in Kasempa District, the school has been operating under severe unsanitary conditions which have the potential to cause illness.

The move follows reports of more than 20 pupils being admitted to the hospital after complaining of flues and diarrhea diseases since the schools opened.

The report states that the school has breached the Public Health Act 295 and the Food and Drug Act Cap 303 of the laws of Zambia by not adhering to the highest standards of cleanliness.

The findings are that the school has been preparing food under extreme unhealthy conditions.

The school is also said to have inadequate sanitary accommodation due to the closure of one of the ablution blocks causing the 540 pupils to share two wash blocks.

And Kasempa District Commissioner Henry Shantolo said the condition at the school is not pleasing and has since urged the school administration to improve the situation as soon as possible.

Mr. Shantolo, however said his office has not received any report about any outbreak of diseases at the school.

And a check by ZANIS found pupils at Mukinge Mission Hospital revealed that some pupils complained of chest and abdominal pains while some were just laying in their dormitories.

Meanwhile school Acting Head teacher Dickson Mtonga said the situation was alarming as it was the first time to have a number of pupils failing ill at the same period.

He said the school faces many challenges in providing a better sanitary environment for the pupils and that at present the school only has two sanitary officers to clean the wash block and the kitchen.

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