—-Kalulushi District Commissioner, Kampamba Mulenga, has called on the local authority in the area to intensify inspections on food shop owners to ensure they adhere to health standards as stipulated in the Public Health Act Cap 295 of the Laws of Zambia.
Ms Mulenga made the call in Kalulushi during the Hand Washing Day commemorations whose theme was "choose hand washing, choose health."
She said she would not tolerate anyone who abrogated the law with impunity as the council would prosecute all those who were putting the lives of people in danger.
The DC disclosed that with the outbreak of the Ebola Virus in some parts of Africa, it was imperative that everyone took the hand washing exercise seriously if they were to prevent the deadly disease.
Ms Mulenga further disclosed that it was a wake-up call to all food handlers, restaurant owners and all public places to ensure that their premises had running water and soap for people to wash their hands.
She said under the leadership of President Michael Sata, good health was an essential prerequisite for national development.
And speaking at the same function, Acting Town Clerk, Josephine Simwinga, reminded the community, especially the children, on the importance of hand washing as a way of preventing diseases.
Mrs Simwinga said Kalulushi Municipal Council had in the recent past emphasised the need for residents in the area to uphold good personal hygiene if the district was to get rid of preventable diseases.
She further urged everyone to join hands to educate each other on the importance of washing hands.