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Chief ask BCC to improve sanitation at Chigumula Market

Written by  Brian Wasili

Blantyre, September 06, 2017: Communities around Chigumula in Blantyre have asked Blantyre City Council (BCC) to provide sanitary facilities at Chigumula mini market to prevent outbreak of waterborne related diseases.

In an interview with Malawi News Agency (Mana) Tuesday, Village Headman (VH) Likotima expressed worry that the failure by BCC to provide vendors with necessary sanitary facilities is frustrating efforts to promote hygiene around the market.

“I ask the city council to construct toilets and provide water at the market [premises]. The council should not only be interested in collecting revenue from the vendors, but it should also consider vendors welfare,” said VH Likotima.

In his remarks, Vice Chairperson for the market committee James Yohane said vendors at the market feel neglected by council officials who are failing to fix the sanitation challenges at the market despite being reminded several times.

“People practice open defecation because the market has no functioning toilets. The available latrine is so dilapidated and filled up,” lamented Yohane adding that the problem is compounded by lack of water at the facility.

He feared that if the problem is further left unattended to, the area risks experiencing cholera outbreak during the coming rainy season.

Efforts to talk to Public Relations Officer (PRO) for BCC Antony Kasunda to get his views proved futile as his mobile phone could not be reached.

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