Malawi Red Cross Society President Visits Neno
The Malawi Red Cross Society president Innocent Majiya has today, Monday, paid a courtesy call to the office of the Neno District Commissioner for the first time since Cyclone Freddy struck.
The visit is in an effort to find ways and areas of assisting thousands of people affected by Cyclone Freddy in the district.
He told Zodiak Online that although they are yet to reach the affected people with any assistance, plans are underway to establish a permanent office for easy reach and they are geared to assist the people despite not being in camps.
"We are happy as a humanitarian assistance organisation to come here in person and hear how the cyclone affected the people and am glad to report to you that we will assist the people," he said.
Majiya further disclosed that his organisation in coordination with the Neno District Relief and Rehabilitation office will sit down and find means of reaching out to the affected right in their respective damaged structures.
The Society has already responded to all the thirteen Southern region affected districts except Neno.
Neno District Commissioner Hudson Kuphanga while commending Red Cross for the move, says the people of the area of Senior Chief Dambe, needs more support apart from food assistance.
"We need organisations like Redcross to help the people with resilient building materials as over 768 households have been devastated in that area," he said.
Kuphanga then concurred with the Redcross Malawi president president on the need for partnership and have an office, saying his office is ready to allocate a plot for the same.
The DC, who looked worried with delays by the health authorities to provide the district with cholera vaccine, said he sourced some from the Blantyre District Health Office after a national matrix did not recognise Neno as a priority district.
He said that, " the figures were around two hundred when we first reported for vaccine ans we were not fit to receive but immediately afterwards the figures rose to close to 710," said the DC.
According to the DC, the Neno District Hospital also risks having its electricity disconnected due to an accumulated billls.
"The hospital might be disconnected as of now it owes ESCOM close to eighty million kwacha in electricity bills and we need well wishing organisations to bail us out as my office receives little funding," sounded the DC.
Meanwhile, a call has been made to the people of Neno to desist from wanton cutting down of trees saying this behaviour will have catastrophic consequences in the near future.