Kalomo, Zimba not doing enough hygienically

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——-Only 13 out of the 960 villages in both Kalomo and Zimba districts of Southern Province have been declared ‘open defecation free’ status in the UNICEF Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) programme being implemented by World Vision Zambia through District Water, Sanitation and Health Education committees (D-WASHE) committees.

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This came to light during a CLTS quarterly review meeting held at Kalomo’s Sika Extension Lodge.

The members felt that enough has not been done to ensure that both districts attain at least 80 per cent of every household be declared Open Defecation Free status by the end of this month (April).

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Only Siambelele, Siachona, Chuubo and Sikweya villages in Kalomo Central Constituency have so far attained the ODF status with Dundumwezi Constituency having Chuubo, Mulobela, Lingamba and Hambayi.

Zimba had Mupengu, Sianamalembe, Jankila, Chikwenya and Siacheleka villages having successfully attained the ODF status.

The programme has targeted 134, 000 new latrine users by the end of this month but has 26, 000 new latrine users from 9,983 in February.

The programme demands that each household should have a clean latrine with a washing facility, a dish rack and a rubbish pit as a minimum hygiene standard to avoid unnecessary diarrhoea and other related diseases for any household to be declared as ‘Open Defecation Free’ (ODF) status areas.

The meeting which was chaired by District Chiefs’ Affairs Officer, Lishomwa Mwendabai,   has since agreed to double up their efforts to see to it that the programme excels.

The two districts have 24,228 households where the programme is being implemented in chiefs Chikanta, Sipatunyana and Siachitema of Kalomo district and Simwatchela of Zimba district.

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