Lilongwe City Council introduces stringent measures to prevent Coronavirus

Lilongwe City Council (LCC) has introduced stringent measures for preventing the spread of Coronavirus into the city whichy  include hefy fines and penalties for companies, which do not conform to the set guidelines when disposing off garbage and waste.

Mayor Juliana Kaduya addressing reporters
Journalists at the news conference by Lilongwe Mayor on measures for Covid-19

Mayor for the Council, Councillor Juliana Kaduya, has since urged companies to improve on sanitation and hygiene, warning that any compromise on litter and waste management may result in sealing off of entities that put lives of the residents at risk.

Kaduya made the remarks in Lilongwe on Wednesday when she briefed journalists on what the council is doing to prevent the deadly virus.

She said the council is working with supermarkets, banks, hotels, places of worship and other places where people gather in multitude to introduce and promote soap handwashing behaviour in their premises and ensure that they are implementing any restriction that government may announce from time to time.

“The Council will work with market committees in all its markets to strengthen awareness and soap handwashing and other hygiene practices by traders and buyers. We will also work with head teachers and other stakeholders in all the schools to create awareness and prevention measures to teachers and learners,” she narrated.

Kaduya further assured that the council has also put in place measures to protect its own staff to ensure that they are always available to deliver the essential services that make the city livable.

The LCC chief executive officer, John Chome, said the council will support 9, 000 urban poor families with modern latrines and toilets in an effort to improve their sanitation and hygiene status.

Chome added that the council will soon introduce boom-gates at the dumpsite in Area 38 as a measure to ensure that waste is properly disposed of.

“The council is aware of the concerns residents are raising about poor waste disposal at our dumpsite. So, we are taking steps to address this problem by introducing boom-gates so that every vehicle that goes to the site is monitored and the driver is guided where he can dispose the waste,” he said.

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kanjedza
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kanjedza

Interested in collecting penalty only , instead of educating and also the council doing their job with some responsibility and accountability. All over the world city council is spraying disinfectant all round the city especailly bus stands, market, crowded areas etc. And here in Malawi similar to other institutions, everyone wants to make money by way of penalties. One will get a discount of 50% ( Fanta) if you dont ask for a receipt. We saw this when we were paying fines for releasing clamped cars.May almighty save thsi country. Airports dont have soap, no thermometer. Official at road borders… Read more »

Isaac
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Isaac

This is journalism gone bad. Nothing in the article suggest any stringent measures to combat COVID-19. These are just mere sanitation measures which do not even require a press briefing. These are just standard hygiene practices. Their Environmental Health Officer is sleeping on the job.

Glen
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Glen

What is stringent about any of these measures… ‘promoting’ hand washing at store entrances… this should be mandatory! Building latrines and improving the dumps make sense for Cholera… Covid19 needs all public places to constantly disinfect surfaces… when were the door knobs in the city council last disinfected?

Wokwiya
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Wokwiya

Zamkutu

Linda
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Only one of their interventions has to do with Corona Virus. There is need of Education in the council. There is either umbuli or the title of the article has been screwed.

Angoni apaphata
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Angoni apaphata

Is this about Corona virus? Nyasatimes tadziyesaniko ka investigative journalism olo pangono pokha. Mwalembazi sizikukhudzana ndi Corona. Fisi adakana nsatsi.

Hello
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Hello

She needs to visit the Dampster (Mtaya) to see for herself the mess that are there. Where in the world do people collect garbage from different locations and damp them on a city feeder road?

Chilungamo chimawawa
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Chilungamo chimawawa

Close everything before it’s too late

Chilungamo
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Chilungamo

Do they really understand what Covid-19 is and how it is transmitted? This is a viral infection osati a bacterial infection, zotaya zinyalalazo tazisiyeni kaye

Mulopwana
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Tikutitu corona.

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