By Felix Andrew
THE Deputy Minister in the Vice President's Office (Environment and Union), Luhaga Mpina has ordered major cities and municipalities in Tanzania to construct modern water recycling plants in all abattoirs within their areas.
Speaking to Azania Post, Mpina said he issued directives after finding that almost all abattoirs do not have water recycling plants hence threatens the health of people living around the area.
“Most of abattoirs, that I visited do not have water recycling management, I order all cities and municipalities to construct such equipment that would serve health of our people,” he said.
Recently, Minister Mpina visited Mwanza city and expressed his concerns of the deplorable sanitation in one abattoir that threatens health of consumers and poses risk for the outbreak of communicable disease.
A recent survey carried-out by this reporter in some abattoirs in Dar es Salaam shown the appalling state of the facilities including clogged sewage, lack of clean and safe water and lack of toilets.
On their part abattoir attendants, say that most of the abattoirs had neither water nor toilets hence threatens their health.
“The situation here is terrible because there is no water,” they said “... this is what led to the clogging of the drainage and nobody seems to be responsible,”
This year, the Tanzania Food and Drugs Authority (TFDA) in the Lake zone closed down the Nyakato abattoir three times as it was reopened without toilets, water and proper sewage.