Security officers working as front-liners at certain roadblocks have no access to ablution facilities, H-Metro has established.
Their health challenges came to light after one of the female police officers manning a roadblock near Vehicle Inspection Department (VID) was spotted playing hide and seek with car wash operators along the Mukuvisi River in Eastlea yesterday.
Harare City Council Health Services director Dr. Prosper Chonzi said the incident was regrettable and that the issue was often overlooked.
He, however, promised to address the situation.
“Thank you H-Metro for that observation that poses health threats to our officers and we are sorry to our security officers facing such challenges,” said Dr Chonzi.
“It is our responsibility to make sure there are ablution facilities. “It seems the setting up of ablution facilities at most roadblocks was overlooked and I will quickly raise the issue with authorities to make sure the problem is solved,” said Dr Chonzi.
Other challenges being faced by security officers manning roadblocks include lack of proper meals and shortage of stoplights to use during the night.
Security officers have been at the forefront of fighting the spread of Covid-19 through monitor-ing people’s movements as well as adherence to health precautionary measures.