NOMSA NKANA, Lusaka
GOVERNMENT has provided for the construction of at least 500 institutional toilets in the 2016 national budget to improve sanitary conditions, Minister of Local Government and Housing Stephen Kampyongo has said.
Mr Kampyongo said Government will facilitate the construction of sanitary facilities in public places such as schools, health centres, markets and bus stations.
He was speaking in George township in Lusaka on Thursday at the commemoration of World Toilets Day meant to promote sanitation for all as a global development goal.
This yearâ€™s theme is â€˜Toilets and Nutritionâ€™, emphasising on the need to invest in the construction of sanitation facilities to prevent communicable diseases.
Mr Kampyongo said it is Governmentâ€™s policy to encourage people to build toilets.
â€œAs you are aware, diarrhoeal diseases, which are also associated with a high risk of malnutrition and stunting, take a huge socio-economic toll on society,â€ he said.
Mr Kampyongo said Government, through the National Food and Nutrition Commission (NFNC), is implementing activities aimed at reducing stunting in children under the 1,000 critical days programme.
He said his ministry is working with NFNC to implement water and sanitation measures under this programme.
Mr Kampyongo also said his ministry is developing the open defecation-free Zambia and urban sanitation strategies to achieve universal access to water and sanitation by 2030.
He said his ministry will continue to mobilise resources to ensure increased access to improved sanitation services.
And NFNC executive director Robinah Kwofie said Zambia continues to face serious challenges in ensuring adequate nutrition, especially for the vulnerable.
In a speech read for her by head of nutrition education and communication Eustina Besa, Mrs Kwofie said there is need to strengthen partnerships between the nutrition, water and sanitation sectors to provide better goods and services to Zambians.
Lusaka mayor George Nyendwa said the Lusaka City Council will continue to enforce provisions of the Public Health Act requiring households to have toilets at their premises.
NOMSA NKANA, Lusaka