Residents of Lunjofwa Ward in Chibombo District have accused some tavern operators in the area of removing containers from the hand washing facilities they have mounted outside their toilets.
The residents have alleged that some tavern operators are dismantling the 2.5 litre plastic containers from their simple hand washing facilities made of sticks, and are using them to serve beer to their customers.
They have complained that this has made the maintenance of their hand washing facilities costly as they are forced to regularly replace the taken containers.
The residents issued the complaint when a team from the District Water,
Sanitation and Healthy Education (D – WASHE) visited the villages in the area to verify the Open Defecation Free (ODF) status claim community leaders.
And Lunjofwa Ward Councilor Rodgers Kasompa told ZANIS that he will immediately engage tavern operators on the matter to ensure that the removing of containers from the facilities is stopped.
Mr Kasompa said the removing of the containers from the facilities may discourage the residents from adhering to good hygiene practices.
He further said the use of the containers from the hand washing facilities to serve beer to the customers is not hygienic because such containers may be contaminated.
Meanwhile, D WASHE team leader Etambuyu Anamela expressed happiness at the way the residents in the area were adhering to the basic sanitation and hygiene requirements.
Ms Anamela therefore urged residents not to relent in ensuring that their hand washing facilities are intact at all times.
She also advised residents to keep their domestic animals away from the hand washing facilities to avoid animals causing damage to them.
The D WASHE team also checked for any sign of open defecation in the villages, the presence of rubbish pits, dish rack, bathrooms and general cleanliness at the households.