The Lusaka City Council (LCC), in partnership with the District Education Board Secretary’s (DEBS) office, has established a green school partnership programme that is focused on the safe back to school component for both teachers and learners as a Covid-19 response plan.
During the Covid-19 multi-sectoral response virtual meeting held today, Lusaka City Council Public Health Director Edgar Mulwanda noted that the green partnership Programme has engaged all the zonal head teachers through a Covid-19 response training that will enable them pass on the information to all the teachers in their various zones.
“LCC has established a good working relationship with DEBS in creating ways in which to combat the spread of Covid-19 in schools that will help them to prepare for re-opening,” he said.
Mr. Mulwanda added that LCC has distributed 40 Jumbo wash facilities to various schools.
Each Jumbo washing facility allows about 10 people to wash their hands at the same time.
Mr. Mulwanda explained that before schools open, all the 40 jumbo washes will be assembled in different schools giving first priority to learning institutions that are vulnerable.
Meanwhile, LCC has continued to monitor various premises to ensure that there was compliance to Covid-19 health guidelines.
Mr. Mulwanda indicated that 368 premises were monitored out of which 130 premises are satisfactory.
He said 222 premises were warned while 16 were closed down owing to non-compliance of the Covid-19 guidelines.
He added that the local authority conducted a night operation last weekend and shut premises that were found wanting.
Mr. Mulwanda said 60 bar owners have been taken to the fast track courts for non-compliance of the Covid-19 regulations and that more cases of non-compliance are still being recorded in the city.
“Weekend night operations were conducted where 16 bars and night clubs were inspected and 14 premises were found wanting. They have since been issued with written letters to explain why legal action should not be taken against them,” he said.
Mr. Mulwanda said the erring bars and nightclub owners have been served with summons.
He added that church monitoring is being conducted to ensure that people are following the guidelines of wearing masks and observing social distancing at all times.
Mr. Mulwanda has since encouraged people against holding public gathering especially those that can be avoided to help stop the rapid spread of Covid-19.
“Awareness programmes are being conducted through public address systems in the city to educate people on different aspects of Covid-19 and prevention measures to be put in place,” he said.
In addition, Lusaka Province Deputy Permanent Secretary Fraser Musonda urged the council to enhance efforts in ensuring compliance to the health guidelines among bars and night clubs owners because they continue to pose a risk of infection because of public gatherings.