Government through the Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU) has given 10, 000 litres water tanks to two schools in Chirundu district that are struggling to meet the COVID-19 health guidelines as they do not have running water.
This follows an inspection by Provincial COVID-19 multi-sectoral committee who found that the schools had no water access points.
The 10 000 litres overhead water tanks have been provided as a short term measure towards addressing the water challenges faced by Chilindi and Sitinkwi Primary Schools.
Chinidi Primary School Headteacher, Brian Chibulo disclosed that he carries buckets of water to the school to enable pupils to wash their hands as required by the health guidelines.
“Every morning I come with a bucket of water for the pupils to wash their hands. We’ve had this challenge for seven years,” Mr Chibulo lamented.
He however stated that the school ensures that all the pupils are masked up and there is a physical distance of one meter among the pupils in class.
And District Commissioner, Stafford Kayame said there are two schools that have a challenge of water in the district.
Mr Kayame said Sitinikwi Primary School does not have a water access point which he said makes it difficult for learners to wash their hands regularly.
“We tried to drill boreholes but we are not able to get good quality water. There was a time they managed but the water was salty,” he said.
Meanwhile, Sitinkwi Primary School Acting Deputy Head Teacher, Catright Mhone disclosed that the school has put in place strict measures to ensure that the learners are protected from contracting the Coronavirus.
Ms Mhone however bemoaned the lack of water supply in school which she says threatens the measures put in place in a bid to prevent COVID-19.
“We send pupils to fetch water from far places and sometimes from the Zambezi River which is dangerous,” she said.
He disclosed that fire trucks from Chirundu town council should be helping to fetch water for the schools.
Meanwhile, Chirundu District Commissioner, Stafford Kayame explained that the schools have managed to adhere to COVID-19 health guidelines except the two schools which have no running water.
And Lusaka Provincial Health Director, Consity Mwale commended the District Health Office, District Administration and Town Council for a multi sectoral approach regarding prevention of COVID-19 in schools.
“We have found good progress with regards to safety and prevention of learners and teachers in schools against COVID-19,” he said.
Dr Mwale has since assured parents that the learners are safe and should be allowed to be in school without fear.