BLANTYRE-(MaraviPost)-In an effort to curb the further spread of Cholera, Evidence Action (EA), a water and sanitation organization has announced plans to expand the installation of chlorine dispensers in water points of seven new districts in the southern region.
The organization’s Program manager Moses Chisangwala told journalists in Blantyre on Thursday September 29,2022 that the work which started in Zomba in 2013 is expected to start early next month to support villagers to access safe drinking water.
“We actually want to take the chlorine dispensers to many districts of the country including those that have been hit hard by cholera.
“Our main aim is to end the further spread of the disease by making sure that people in the villages are accessing to safe and quality water for domestic use,” said Chisangwala.
On his part Blantyre District Council (BCC) Director of Education, Youth and Sports, Paul Chiphanda said the intervention has come at the right time to contain the outbreak.
He said, “We are glad for the initiative as it has come at a right time when there is a rise in number of cholera case in the country. We hope this will help stabilize the situation and save lives.”
The new districts the organization is targetting are Blantyre, Machinga Balaka, Neno, Chiradzulu, Mangochi and Mwanza.
Currently, Malawi is experiencing one of the worst cholera outbreaks in years, with over 3000 confirmed cases and 98 deaths.
Nkhata Bay remains highest in recording cases with 714 cumulative cases and 19 deaths seconded by Blantyre which has so far recorded 580 cases with 23 deaths.