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COVID-19: Bad precedent set as traders charge customers to sanitise hands

Filed under: Health & Nutrition,Latest News |

Every dark cloud is said to have a silver lining, if one looks close enough, while the deadly coronavirus (COVID-19) has brought untold suffering to the human family, leading many nations into lockdown, in an unfamiliar instance that cannot be cherished, for some it has brought a business opportunity and yet others have taken the opportunity to engage in unorthodox business practices.

The disease is deadly, it has no cure, and the only way to deal with it is to maintain hygienic lifestyles, health experts are urging citizens world over to keep themselves and their environments clean, as well as to wash their hands with soap regularly.

Hand sanitisers are being urged, those who could not have the opportunity to wash hands, especially when travelling are being advised to sanitise their hands. This has seen a rise in demand of sanitisers.

Apparently, traders in Ndola have taken this rise in demand of hand sanitizers as a chance to make money. They are charging customers k3 to sanitize their hands, a move that has been roundly condemned.

It has been described by many as a bad practice, trying to make money out of a critical situation threatening the country like that. Ndola City Council has warned against the trend and said it is against the law.

Ndola City Council Public Relations Manager Tilyenji Mwanza said traders charging any amount to use sanitizer or liquid soap are breaking the law and would be liable to a fine or imprisonment.


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