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False fire alarms overwhelm LCC

THE Lusaka City Council, in conjunction with Lusaka District Health Management Team (DMHT), has embarked on an integrated mosquito control exercise in the city.

And the council is cautioning residents against making false fire alarm calls.

According to a statement issued by LCC acting public relations manager George Sichimba, the exercise which commenced on September 29, was aimed at controlling the infestation of the nuisance mosquitoes in parts of the city.

He stated that the integrated mosquito control involves residual spraying, opening of drains and vegetation control.

“This approach has been used to not only control adult mosquitoes but also to reduce on breeding ground for mosquitoes. The exercise started with Olympia residential area and will be rolled out to Roma, Garden, Long Acres, Northmead and Emmasdale townships. The integrated townships are the most infested by mosquitoes in the city and will be tackled first in the initial phase of the residual spraying exercise,”

Sichimba stated.

He stated that the council had in the last one month received numerous complaints from residents mostly affected by the parasite.

Sichimba stated that pest control waa one of the responsibilities of the local authorities as provided for in the local government Act Cap 281 of the laws of Zambia.

He appealed to residents of the affected townships to cooperate with council officers tasked with the responsibility of spraying in the affected areas once approached.

Meanwhile, Sichimba said some residents had developed a habit of raising false fire alarms by calling the fire station purporting that certain properties in the city are on fire when in fact not.

“Firefighters are forced to make fruitless emergency response duties to the described location, only to discover that it was a false alarm. This behaviour is not only alarming but also a drain to the council resources because the local authority is wasting fuel and time. The motive behind this irresponsible act is to be yet established and council wonders what benefits perpetrators are deriving from the falsehood,”

Sichimba stated.

He warned the “alarmists” that their days were numbered as the council was working with relevant institutions to track them down through relevant systems. Meanwhile, LCC has commended the government through the Ministry of Housing and Infrastructure for allocating four out of 42 fire tenders to Lusaka City Council.

Sichimba stated that the four fire tenders would equip LCC fire brigade to effectively respond to fires and other related emergencies and save lives and property.

Sichimba stated in the interest of decentralisation and timely response to emergencies, the new fire tenders would be deployed in areas such as Makeni, Chilenje, and Chelstone once mini fire stations were constructed.

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