BUJUMBURA January 17th (ABP) – The leader of the Kinama zone located in the urban commune of Ntahangwa (north of the economic capital), proceeded on Monday, January 16, 2023, to the closure of bars and restaurants without latrines.
That measure is part of multiple actions that are being carried out in order to stop the progression of the cholera epidemic in that part of the Bujumbura City, Kinama zone leader Astère Niyokwizera said.
He indicated that this operation was carried out in the quarters of Ruyigi, Ngozi, Bukirasazi and Bubanza, specifying that the cholera epidemic had already affected three quarters of that zone, namely Bukirasazi I, Bukirasazi II and Bubanza. A total of 15 cases of cholera including one death have been recorded since the epidemic broke out in that zone. It was on the eve of the end-of-year celebrations.
Mr. Niyokwizera is delighted that this epidemic is for the moment under control, noting that for more than a week, no new cases of cholera have been brought to the attention of the administration of the Kinama zone.
In addition to the closure of bars that do not have a latrine, Mr. Niyokwizera specified that the administration is working to sensitize the people on compliance with hygiene measures. Thus, the administration of the Kinama zone encourages the managers of shops, restaurants, pharmacies and bars to install hand washing devices which will also be used for prevention against COVID-19.
According to Mr. Niyokwizera, the Kinama zone has benefited from the support of certain organizations in the fight against the progression of the cholera epidemic. These include the ministry in charge of public health, the Burundi Red Cross, UNICEF and the civil protection police. The Kinama zone leader is also delighted that REGIDESO has taken the measure prohibiting the sale of drinking water in public taps.
However, the Kinama zone leader deplores the case of certain avenues which are not yet supplied with drinking water. To that end, he invites REGIDESO to find a solution to that problem. That municipal authority cites the case of cell five in the Bukirasazi II quarter.