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BPRA calls for disaster preparedness

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The Bulawayo Progressive Residents Association (BPRA), has called on Bulawayo City Council (BCC) to form a preparedness committee to deal with possible health challenges in the face of the current water crisis. Report bySheryleen Masuku , Own Correspondent

In an interview with NewsDay yesterday, BPRA programmes manager Emmanuel  Ndlovu said the organisation had submitted a letter to BCC on Thursday over the urgent need for the creation of a preparedness committee, “that will advise the council of impending disasters such as the current water crisis that Bulawayo residents are facing”.

“The city fathers are ill-prepared to deal with any disease outbreaks,” Ndlovu said.

“There is a need to create a committee that will help prepare the city fathers in the near future. It is the submission of BPRA that there is pressing need for the formation of a preparedness committee in Bulawayo which shall from time to time prepare the council for impending disasters such as the current water crisis situation.”

Ndlovu said the committee was necessary for the protection of the city and its residents.

“The association proposes that the committee should compromise the Health Services Department and other stakeholders,” he said.

Contacted for comment, BCC director of health services Zanele Hwalima said: “I have not seen the letter and I cannot comment.”

Efforts to get mayor Thaba Moyo for comment were futile yesterday as he was said to be attending meetings.

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