The University of Zambia Great East Road Campus has embarked on a rehabilitation programme of its sanitation system following the typhoid scare at the institution.
UNZA public relations manager Stanslus Chewe said Institution Vice Chancellor Professor Stephen Simukanga lead a team that conducted an emergency on-the-spot fact finding exercise on Monday.
Chewe said among those who toured the institution with the with the Vice Chancellor were department representatives including the Resident Engineers’ office to help identify urgent areas of need like blocked toilets and plan of action required for the works.
“The tour was for management to identify needy areas which would require urgent attention including blocked toilets and sinks, and our Resident Engineers who are in-charge of sanitation on the campus are currently on site working on immediate solutions for the problems around the university hostels,” he said.
He explained that university management had already addressed long term plans to deal with the problem of over crowding in the hostels, which could not be handled with an immediate solution.
He said groundwork for the construction of new hostels was already in place, but was only awaiting funding from the government.
And Chewe disclosed that management was engaging the UNZA Students’ Union on of the need for the students to encourage good hygiene in the hostels.
Chewe also explained that the university management was working with the Ministry of Community Development, Mother and Child Health through the disease surveillance programme to monitor the health conditions on campus.
The Lusaka City Council (LCC) earlier in the week described the sanitary conditions at the highest learning institution in the country as pathetic because of the accumulated faecal matter in most of the hostels which had blocked sewer lines and toilets.
LCC visited the institution following reports of filth and suspected typhoid that allegedly caused the death of one student, and suggested that overcrowding was one factor that could affect sanitation.
The university has maintained that there was no outbreak of typhoid on the campus.