Kasungu Municipal Council has weak liquor licensing procedures, a pilot project report carried out using a tool called Urban Health Equity Assessment Response Tool (Urban Heart) has established.
Presenting the report to ward councillors from Kasungu Municipality on Thursday, World Health Organisation (WHO) health promotion officer Hudson Kubwalo said the indicator has shown that on average, there are 85 alcohol outlets per ward and that in wards such as Chankhanga, Kasalika and Chimbuna the situation is very pathetic.
“Alcohol outlets density expressed as the number of alcohol outlets per 100 000 people, has shown that Kasalika has 106 alcohol outlets, Chimbuna 128 and Chankhanga 182,” said Kubwalo.
The report also indicates that in Chankhanga, cases of violence, road accidents and lack of improved sanitary facilities are high.
The report also indicates that wards like Chankhanga, cases of violence, road accidents, and lack of improved sanitary facilities are very high.
Urban Heart is a tool used to raise awareness among policy makers and communities about health inequalities existing in the urban area.
Ward councillor of Chankhanga, Benedict DalitsoChiponda, thanked WHO for the assessment and described it as an eye-opener.