The provincial administration wants to take over the printing press in Chipata, which has been lying idle.
Eastern Province Permanent Secretary Chanda Kasolo says that he has already communicated to the director in the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Services over the matter.
Mr. Kasolo says that his office wants to operationalize the printing press to create about 100 direct jobs for youths in the region.
He explained that one team of the youths will be involved in printing while another group will be involved in marketing.
Mr. Kasolo says that the provincial administration will also ensure that district commissioners are involved in getting all printing business works from their districts.
Eastern Province has recorded a decrease in cases of Tuberculosis, TB in the last one year.
Communicable Disease Control Specialist based at the Provincial Health Officer, Jairos Mulambya says in 2016 the province recorded a reduction in cases compared to 2015.
Speaking to Breeze News, Dr. Mulembya explained that the province in 2016 recorded 1,935 cases while in 2015, it recorded 2,150 cases.
He says that 87 per cent of the 1,935 cases were treated successfully with 86 per cent complete cure.
Dr. Mulambya however, says that the region recorded 6 per cent mortality, which was lower than 2015, when the mortality rate stood at 9 per cent.
Dr. Mulambya called for stakeholders’ involvement in the fight against TB, stating that the Ministry of Health alone cannot manage to eradicate the disease.
High poverty levels among the youths have been cited as one of the major contributing factors to spread of HIV, sexually transmitted diseases and early pregnancies.
This came to light during a dissemination meeting for the national standards and guidelines for health friendly services in Chipata.
It was observed that most elderly men and women, often take advantage of the poverty levels to abuse youths, by offering them money and other materials.
The participants attributed the high poverty levels among the youths to lack of job opportunities.
During the discussions, it also came out that mobile markets, popularly known as Kabwandile, have also been contributing to sexual challenges that youths are facing.
It was revealed that in some cases, people take advantage of the Kabwandile to engage in sexual relationships.
Breeze FM has unearthed a scam where some traders in Chipata are selling expired goods to unsuspecting customers.
A check by Breeze News found that goods, which expired three weeks ago that include soft drinks like Tangy Cola were still being sold.
A further check revealed that dairy products like Bonita Milk, which are supposed to expire next week, are still on the shelves.
A team of inspectors from Chipata City Council who inspected a room where the goods are being stocked behind the shop, found large quantities of goods, which are about to expire.
The shop owners and workers at the shop, admitted wrong doing but insisted that it was not intentional because they receive high consignments of goods.
And Chipata City Council Public Relations Officer, Taonga Kaonga declined to comment on the matter until she receives a report from the inspection team.