1 January 2013

Zambia: Youths Initiate Lavatory Construction Programme for Senior Citizens

A group of youths in Chadiza district have come up with an initiative to construct lavatories for the aged in some villages.

District Youth Coordinator, Rodgers Daka told ZANIS in Chadiza that it was embarrassing to see old people answering the call of nature behind flowers and houses.

"The old people find it difficult to find better facilities for answering the call of nature and hence they end up just squatting behind flowers and houses," Mr Daka observed.

He said the programme to construct the lavatories will begin with four villages where old people have been identified.

Mr Daka named the four villages as Mkoma, Chikoloka, Lumbe and Chimphonda villages all of Chief Mlolo's area in Nsadzu ward.

He said the youths in the area wanted to ensure that old people in the area were cared for by providing them with decent sanitary facilities which he said would come as a New Year gift.

Village headmen of Nsadzu area in Chadiza have called on the community to support the initiative of the youths that have come up with plans to dig and construct lavatories for old people in their areas.

"I am worried because if lavatories for the aged are not constructed, waste disposal in our villages will pose a great health hazard and if not checked the diseases that would attack the villages would affect all residents of the village," he said.

In another development, farmers in Chadiza district have been advised to check their fields regularly to ensure that army worms that have attacked the district do not wipe out their maize.

Chadzombe Farmers' Cooperative Association Chairperson Feddy Banda said it would be better if farmers checked on their

fields regularly because the army worms were very destructive.

"The worms are very destructive and cause a lot of damage in the night and during the day time they hide under the leaves. If farmers relax and do not check on their field they may realise after a large portion of the field has been wiped out," he said.

Mr Banda said that his cooperative was grateful to the Ministry of Agriculture for spraying the maize fields that were attacked by the worms.

He also advised some farmers who felt that nothing could be done to their attacked fields to change their mind set and report any suspicious looking insects in their fields because the cooperative did not want hunger to be in any household.

Banda said that the crop of maize helps peasant farmers to be economically empowered and provide enough food to their families and those around them.

" Farmers who suspect that the worms in their fields are army worms have been asked to report to their nearest agriculture camps so that they can be assisted by the appropriate authorities," he said.


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