Substandard road works expose Kabwe residents to dangerous lead

Substandard road works expose Kabwe residents to dangerous lead

The ongoing roadworks in Kabwe, if not checked pose a very serious health hazard to the local community in the heavily lead polluted town, and continued exposure to dust is against the World health organisation health standards.
Last year government awarded a KR165 million contract to Asphalt roads Zambia Limited to work on 34 kilometrres of selected urban roads in kabwe and Kapiri Mposhi.
The contractor is said to have been awarded the contract even without tangible equipment and only acquired some equipment from the part payment and has since moved on site, though at a snail’s pace thereby risking the lives of many residents due to continued exposure to dust.
IMG_1626[1]Most of the roads in the central business district have been dug out, in readiness for the promised new roads but the worry that residents have is the lack of health concern by the municipality and central government by not providing watering services to cushion the effects of dust.
Some motorists have now started wearing breathing masks to filter the air as the whole town is engulfed in dust, with the finishing of the rain season. Residents have called on the government to be watering the dusty roads as a measure to reduce dust, which was a health hazard. “We welcome the repairing opf roads but there is too much dust emmissions and we only appeal that the government considers providing water tanks to water the dusty roads, otherwise we will all be sick and there will be no one to use the roads,” said a 60 year old prominent businessman in town.
The world bank sponsored a post mining environmental  study of Kabwe town and some of the findings were that Kabwe was among the ten most polluted towns in the world and advised residents to avoid much exposure to dust among other environmental health recommendations. With these findings, residents expect that as the road works are taking place there would be watering of the gravelled roads but the government seems to be unconcerned about the health concerns of the local people. IMG_1625[1]

 

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