WATER AID CALLS FOR URGENT INVESTMENT IN WATER AS CHOLERA STINGS HARD
By Meclina Chirwa
Water Aid Malawi says investment in water, sanitation and hygiene has the potential of containing the Cholera outbreak in the country.
The country recorded 590 new cases on Thursday alone, with 22 deaths.
Overall, 1045 people have died of Cholera while 1160 people are in the hospitals.
Speaking on Thursday when the organization donated Water, Sanitation and Health (WASH) supplies worth MWK21 Million to the Christian Health Association of Malawi (CHAM) and ADRA, Head of Programs at Water Aid Malawi Peter Phiri said there is need to also train health care workers on WASH, prevention and infection control.
He said the organization, through the cholera response program, is also supporting schools that are struggling to pay water bills in peri-urban settings.
Phiri added that the donation has been extended to CHAM because of its wide network of hospitals across the country while ADRA has programs in areas where Water Aid is not doing interventions.
Dennis Matekenya is ADRA Executive Director and said the donation has come at the right time as the country is still struggling to contain the Cholera outbreak.