– Isoka district council in Muchinga province has embarked on a sensitization campaign aimed at improving hygiene practices in the communities.
Community Led Total Sanitation Project facilitator Moses Mutioka says issues of water and sanitation in the nation were worrying.
Mr. Mutioka said current statistics on sanitation for the 13 million Zambians is pegged at 13 percent and that only one million people have total sanitation in their communities.
Mr Mutioka was speaking during the opening of a 5-day UNESCO funded workshop for Community Led Total Sanitation – CLTS for Champions and Environmental Health Technicians held at Luangwa rest house in Isoka today.
Mr Mutyioka said time was running out as the 2015 target of achieving the Millennium Development Goals of improving the sanitation by 60 percent was only two years away.
He said improvement of sanitation by 60 percent can only be achieve if communities realize the importance of maintaining a clean environment .
And Isoka District Council Secretary Martin Mutale has implored the 34 participants from various areas in the district to share the skills and knowledge that they will attain during the workshop.
Mr. Mutale said in many communities environmental health was low and that it was worrying that some technicians were not helping prevent outbreak of diseases.
He said some communities had no rubbish pits, dish racks and even no proper toilets resulting in numerous outbreaks of diseases.