An outbreak of a water borne disease is looming at Luamala Basic School in Ngabwe Ward in Kapiri-Mposhi district where children and teachers are getting water for drinking from a condemned well.
Ngabwe Ward Councillor, Borden Kalebuka told ZANIS today that pupils and teachers at the school are relying on a condemned well to access
water for drinking.
Mr Kalebuka also said the school has no toilets.
The concerned Ward Councillor revealed that earlier this month an Environmental Health Technologist from the Ministry of Health (MoH)
conducted examinations on the quality of water at the well and two pit latrines after increased cases of diarrhoea diseases amongst teachers
and pupils at the school and people from surrounding villages.
He further revealed that the examination results from the health expert concluded that the school was operating below the minimum
health requirement as regards to the Public Health Act CAP 295 of the Laws of Zambia.
The Environmental Health Technologist’s reported noted that the water at the well was the cause of the increased diarrhoea diseases amongst
pupils, teachers and villagers.
The Ward Councillor said the Health Technologist declared that the water from the well was not clean and safe for human consumption and
therefore recommended for the desertion of the water facility and advised the school to construct VIP toilets to avert the outbreak of
water borne diseases.
However, the pupils and teachers are still fetching drinking water from the same well because they have no other alternative source of
clean and safe water.
Mr Kalebuka has since appealed to government to drill a borehole at the school in order to prevent an outbreak of water borne diseases.
He said the people at the school are desperate saying that’s why they have continued to use water from the condemned well.
He added that the school’s sanitation is currently not conducive for the pupils to continue learning.