Border water and sanitation project delays

The 15.7 million Kwacha project of improving water and sanitation at Mwami, Mchinji and Chanida borders is at 70 percent complete.

Eastern Water and Sewerage Company Managing Director Lyton Kanowa says the project was expected to be completed in May but has delayed due to lack of water in 3 boreholes at Mwami border.

The cross boarder project funded by CRIDIF, a British company commenced in February.

Mr. Kanowa says his office asked for extra time from the funders and was given up to July 30th 2017.

He was speaking during the tour of the project by Luangeni Member of Parliament, Charles Zulu at Mwami border this morning.

Mr. Kanowa explained that the project include, drilling of five boreholes, constructing a water supply network, ablution blocks and water kiosks.

Mr. Kanowa says once completed, the project will benefit travelers and about 3,000 people living along the borders whose houses will be connected to water supply.

Government challenged to monitor pre-schools

The Ministry of Education has been challenged to be carrying out regular checks on pre-schools in Eastern Province.

Some community members have observed that some pre-schools are set up in places that are not conducive for children.

Speaking during the Voice Program on Breeze FM, Onolia Zulu, noted that some of the pre-schools do not have proper sanitary facilities.

During the same program, it was also observed that some schools are not following the policy of using local languages in lower grades.

It was observed that most private schools have continued using English even in lower grades, a situation which left some people wondering why the policy only applies to public schools.

And another parent, Benson Phiri, emphasized the need for senior education officers to be monitoring operations of schools.

He said some of the policies fail to due to lack of monitoring of implementation.

Ms. Zulu and Mr. Phiri also encouraged the Ministry of Education to work with local authorities, so that more public pre-schools can be opened in districts.

They noted that the council has a lot of buildings, which are now being used by people to set up private pre-schools, a situation they said is only benefiting a few people with money.

But Provincial Senior Education Officer, in charge of open and distance learning administration circles, Batra Kasimbo, said private schools are also supposed to follow the policy.

On the setting up of pre-schools, he explained that the Ministry of Education has guidelines on the standards to be followed before such schools are set up.

He noted that communities also need to be fully engaged in ensuring that pre-schools are opened in right places.

 

Pupils forced to learn from classrooms without roofs

Some pupils in Chief Mumbi’s area of Petauke District are learning in classrooms without roofs.

Chief Mumbi told Breeze News that this is after the roofs of the affected classrooms where blown off, by heavy rains experienced during the last rainy season.

The traditional leader says authorities should quickly move in and repair the affected classrooms.

The chief mentioned Mkuntha Primary, as one of the affected schools in the area.

The traditional leader says government through the Ministry of Education, should also consider connecting Mtumbata Secondary School to the national electricity grid.

He says electricity is needed at the school, because pupils find challenges to study in the evening.

A new drug used to treat hepatitis launched in Chipata.

Government says hepatitis, a condition that affects the human liver, is a number one killer disease in the world as compared to HIV/AIDS and Malaria.

Eastern Province Administrative Officer, Steven Tembo, expressed worry that most people do not realize the devastating impact, that the disease has on humans worldwide.

Mr. Tembo was speaking in Chipata yesterday during the launch of a new capsule called Heptovit Herbal SoftGel which treats liver diseases.

The launch was being done by an organisation called Save Your Liver Foundation Zambia.

Mr. Tembo says ,Save Your Liver Foundation Zambia, is one of the organizations promoting people’s health in the country and will be supported by government because many people especially those suffering from hepatitis, will benefit from the medicine.

Mr. Tembo says government is committed to having a health nation as demonstrated through construction of health facilities, throughout the country.

He says the World Hepatitis Alliance, has a vision of eliminating hepatitis in the World by 2030 ,adding that people in the SADC region, should move in that direction.

And Save Your Liver Foundation Zambia President, Petterson Owusu, says the medicine has undergone tests in Ghana and Nigeria, where it has proved to be working effectively.

Dr. Owusu says Heptovit SoftGel Capsule, once prescribed to a patient, takes six weeks for the liver to come to normal.

Hepatitis is caused by consumption of alcohol, drugs, cigarette, chemical pollution and viral induced.