A shortage of baby food products has hit Mansa district in Luapula Province for the second time leaving several babies whose mothers can not breast feed for various medical reasons on the verge of starvation.
The shortage of baby products comes after a team of Health workers from the Ministry of Health in Mansa directed Shoprite management to remove the baby products from their shelves.
However, Government rescinded its decision and considered complaints raised by the people in Luapula Province hence suspending the exercise.
Today, Shoprite received fresh directives from Health officials to remove all baby products from the shelves as the Ministry of health was yet to call a stakeholders meeting to discuss the issue.
A Check by ZANIS this morning found Shoprite workers removing the baby products from the shelves.
In a telephone interview with ZANIS, Shoprite Zambia Deputy General Manager Charles Bota expressed disappointment at the move by Health officials accusing them of discriminating against his shop when other outlets were equally still selling the products.
Mr.Bota said it was saddening that such an action could be taken even when it was mentioned in Parliament that the chain store be given time to sell the products.
When contacted, District Environmental Health Technologist Davies Silwamba declined to comment and referred all queries to the Provincial Medical Officer who was reportedly out of the province.
Two weeks ago, a team of Ministry of Health officials in the district swung into action and confiscated several baby food products from Shoprite Mansa in a bid to promote breastfeeding in the country.