The Ndola City Council says it is using fire trucks to deliver water to areas like Masala which have no water.
And the council has announced that the city has recorded one cholera case.
In a statement Thursday, NCC public relations manager Tilyenji Mwanza revealed that the fire trucks were being used to deliver water to certain areas.
“Ndola City Council would like to appeal to our counterparts Kafubu Water and Sewerage to ensure that we have sufficient water in the city. We have received complaints of dry pipes in areas such as Masala of which the Local Authority has taken it upon themselves to deliver water to the residents using the fire trucks,” Mwanza stated.
And Mwanza announced that a 28-year-old man was admitted at Masala Main Clinic for cholera.
“The Ndola City Council is saddened to announce that it has received one report of Cholera. The patient a male aged 28 years is currently admitted at Masala Main Clinic Cholera Treatment Centre in Kafubu Ward. The patient is currently receiving treatment and is in a stable condition,” she stated.
“We are told by the District Director Health Dr Gideon Zulu that there is no history of him travelling to Cholera prone areas and he is believed to be a resident of Chifubu. Dr Zulu has henceforth informed us that Ndola has now been placed on a Cholera alert.”
She stated that NCC would start inspecting eating places to ensure that they were up to standard.
“However, as a Local Authority we would like to announce that we are currently mobilising ourselves to put in stronger measures as directed by His Excellency President Edgar Chagwa Lungu that will see a cleaner Ndola. The Local Authority’s Department of Public Health will also be carrying out inspections of restaurants and any other food handling businesses to ensure they are trading in healthy environments. The Local Authority has further banned the sale of ready food on the streets and anyone found selling will have their goods confiscated,” stated Mwanza.
“Ndola City Council would like to announce that it has also called for a round table discussion with representatives from the Street Vendor Association to chat the way forward for the city of Ndola with regard to street vending. The discussion will be chaired by His Worship the Mayor Mr Amon Chisenga.”
Ndola recorded its first cholera case in November last year which was imported from Lusaka.
On Monday, Copperbelt minister Bowman Lusambo directed that travelers coming from Lusaka should be screened to avoid the exportation of the disease from Lusaka.