Mbala municipal council has expressed great worry at the deplorable sanitation state at Mbala Secondary School.
In a press release, Council public relations officer David Simfukwe said an on the spot inspection conducted at the learning institution revealed that the school which had a total of 1,600 pupils is experiencing a critical water shortage forcing pupils to draw water from nearby Mbulu stream.
He said the Girls’ and boys’ ablution blocks had broken down and defective water cisterns and the water closets are filled with human excreta.
Mr. Simfukwe said due to the poor sanitation at the institution, pupils had resorted to practicing open defecation in a nearby bush.
He warned that this has led to environmental pollution with a potential danger of an epidemic or diarrheal disease outbreak at the learning institution.
He said the status quo at Mbala Secondary School is in violations of the provisions of the Public Health Act Chapter 295 and the latrine and drainage regulations of the laws of Zambia.