Prisca Manyiwa, H-Metro Reporter
Kwekwe council employees are at risk of contracting diseases through working without protective clothing, councillors have revealed.
In a full council meeting held at Kwekwe Civic Center last week, councillors expressed their fears over its employees’ health as they are attending to sewer blockages without protective clothing.
Councillors fear that the workers are at risk of contracting cholera and other poor hygienic conditions diseases.
“Council employees especially those who are handling sewer bursts are working without protective clothing, this is a very serious case which needs attention because these people are dealing with health issues.
“In case there is an incident, there will be serious trouble which will affect many people,” said Councillor Washington Moyo.
In response to the concerns, council management said they are working towards the purchase of protective clothing since the problem is also dragging some of the council projects.
“We are working towards the purchasing of new protective clothing and an invitation to tender has already been advertised in the newspapers.
“We strictly adhere to the demands of NSSA Act as an institution that we must provide protective clothing to our employees,” said Human resources manager Edward Magaya.
Kwekwe City Council is facing challenges of serious sewer bursts in residential areas and Amaveni Clinic has also been noted as one of the hotspots of sewer bursts.
Meanwhile, the Acting Town Clerk Dr Lucia Mkandhla have taken the councillors to task to start raising awareness in their respective wards to educate residents on sewer blockages since it has been noted that most of the blockages are caused by residents who throw diapers and cloths into the sewer system.