1 Million Malawians Defect In Bushes

People from Ntcheu from four Traditional Authorities posing with their certicates  People from Ntcheu from four Traditional Authorities posing with their certicates 

World Vision Malawi (WVM) says the country needs to step up efforts to ensure that rural communities across the country have access to basic hygiene facilities claiming 1 million Malawians continue to practice open defecation.

The organization's Director of Operations, Charles Chimombo said this Monday in Ntcheu where four Traditional Authority's (T/A's) of Masasa, Chakhumbira, Ganya, and Phambala in the district has attained an open defecation free status, thanks to WVM water, sanitation, and hygiene interventions.

“A lot of people continues to defect in the bush, this has for so long risked lives of many communities including children to grapple with waterborne related diseases,” he said.

Deputy Minister of Health, Chrissie Kalamula-Kanyasho says government is aware of health implications due to unhygienic practices hence committed to addressing the problem.

“Most of the diseases handled in the country's health facilities emanate from poor hygiene practices. Government together with support from partners is committed to addressing the same,” she said.

On his part, Ntcheu District Council Chairperson, Councilor Joshua Kwachera believes the ODF status will reduce incidences of waterborne related diseases among communities in the district.

Apart from declaring the T/A's Open Defecation Free status, the organization has also drilled 226 new boreholes and rehabilitated 144 in T/A's Champiti, Ganya, Masasa, Chakhumbira, and Phambala respectively.

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Last modified on Tuesday, 10/08/2021

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