The Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU) has prepositioned 2 million reusable face masks, 250,000 disposable face masks, 75,000 face shields, 500 hand washing stations, and 15,000 by 5 litres sanitisers in all the ten provinces across the country to guarantee the safety of children as schools reopen on 1st February, 2021.
DMMU has also engaged Ministry of Local Government through the fire department to fumigate and disinfect schools and other public institutions as a way of preventing the Covid-19.
National Coordinator, Chanda Kabwe stated that in its continuous relief distribution exercise, the DMMU has also released a total of 25,400 by 25kg and 13,440 by 12.5kg bags of relief mealie meal and 3,000 metric tonnes of maize to be distributed in Southern, Western, Luapula, Northern, Central, Muchinga and Eastern provinces.
He has added in a statement made available to ZANIS in Lusaka this afternoon that a total of 68 districts across the country are currently on the DMMU relief programme.
“Government has also released K6 million for the construction of drainages in Kanyama township. The Zambia National Service has since worked on 12 km out of the total stretch of 17km. This project is meant to put an end to the flooding situation in the area,” Mr. Kabwe indicated.
And Mr. Kabwe noted that the DMMU has further implemented response measures in other areas affected by floods such as Lunga, Mumbwa, Chilubi, Milenge and Chibombo where households were displaced and crops damaged.
He said in addition to the relief food and non-food supplies in the affected areas, the unit has also dispatched 15 metric tonnes of early maturing seed to the families affected in Mumbwa and Mpika districts to allow the families replant, thereby ensuring food security.
“The public may further wish to know that government will soon start working on the gutted City market at a total cost of K22 million to accommodate more marketers,” he said.
Meanwhile, Mr. Chanda announced that Mumbwa road at the junction with outer ring road (road 77) has been partially closed from today Thursday 21st January, 2021 to Friday, 12th February 2021.
He said the move has been undertaken to facilitate the installation of culverts across the road for the drainage works being carried out in the area. “A temporal diversion will be provided at the site to ensure minimal disruption to traffic movement. Motorists are therefore advised to use alternative routes and obey traffic signals that will be given,” Mr. Chanda stated.