LWB Extends Water Supply Network To Fight Cholera
Lilongwe Water Board says it has extended its water supply network to areas outside its jurisdiction where cholera is on the rise under its cholera response strategy.
LWB Chief Executive Officer, Sili Mbewe, says Lilongwe district continues to register more cases of cholera, hence a need to implement programs that will help its customers contain the disease.
This follows calls by the Presidential Taskforce on Cholera and Covid 19 for support in the fight against cholera.
Mbewe says the network has been extended to areas like Nanjiri, Mpingu and Nalikule where cholera is on the rise in which he believes will help people have access to clean water.
“Still under the Lilongwe Water and Sanitation program, where we have these interventions included in our strategy, we have fast tracked the construction of the zamakono toilet facility,” he said.
Meanwhile, a health rights activist Maziko Matemba has applauded LWB for the initiative saying it will ease access to clean and potable water in Lilongwe.
Matemba also advises the water utility body to scale up its efforts to ensure that such interventions continue even when cholera ends.
“This should be a lesson but also a wake-up call for all water city bodies because that’s what they are supposed to do. So, I am hoping this is a call, in the future this should be a norm. and we hope this should be scaled up in terms of resources,” he said.
Meanwhile, LWB has also rehabilitated about 150 kiosks in areas like Kauma, area 36, Mtandile, Kawale, Malili and Lumbadzi.
Malawi has recorded over 1000 deaths since the first case was recorded in March in 2022.
Last modified on Sunday, 05/02/2023