The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission -CCPC- has expressed concern at the sudden sharp increase in prices of bottled Chlorine in the wake of the Cholera epidemic in some parts of the country.

The bottled Chlorine price has shot up by over 800 percent following the outbreak of Cholera.

CCPC Public Relations Officer Namukolo Kasumpa says traders have increased the prices of chlorine bottles that sell between three Kwacha and five Kwacha per bottle to over 30 Kwacha.

According to a statement issued to ZANIS , Ms. Kasumpa stated that the Commission has observed that such drastic change in the prices of a bottle of chlorine is affecting efforts to curb Cholera.

She said the commodity is a basic need for everyone to use in disinfecting water before use.

Ms Kasumpa has however, stated that investigations by the Commission have been launched to ensure that all those found guilty of over-pricing the commodity are taken to task.

Meanwhile Government says it will prosecute anyone found distributing uncertified chlorine and other substandard anti-bacterial drugs.

Ministry of health permanent secretary for administration Kennedy Malama has warned that the illicit sell of uncertified chlorine constitutes a serious criminal offense under the public health act.

Dr. Malama says members of the public should be buying such agents from authorized dealers with valid certification.

He added that companies that will be found distributing fake or uncertified agents like chlorine risk their license being revoked.

He has since called on the public to remain vigilant and pay attention to the products they are buying.

Source – Robert Mwanza, ZNBC

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