Nsanje District Council Launches WASH Tithetse Cholera Campaign

Authorities during the campaign launch Authorities during the campaign launch - pic by Alfred Guta

Nsanje district council on Wednesday launched a Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Tithetse cholera and clean-up campaign with a call to communities to embrace the initiatives.

Council chairperson, Rose Makiyi says community involvement is critical in the containment of the epidemic.

Makiyi spoke at Mtowe market in the area of Traditional Authority Ndamera in the district.

“We are launching the campaign at district level after President Lazarus Chakwera led the nation by launching the same at national level on February 13, 2023.

“We have cleaned up the market premises but also the surrounding here. The idea is that communities should emulate and do the same. Cholera originated from here so such campaigns can make a difference,” explained Makiyi.

She added, "already we have made strides in containing the outbreak as evidenced by a drop-in case being recorded.”

The Nsanje district council chairperson further implored people in other parts of the district to ensure “their surroundings are always clean.”

Group Village Headman Chindiyo from the area shared Makiyi’s sentiments.

The traditional leader has described the campaign as critical in preventing cholera.

“I urge my subjects to embrace the campaign and act accordingly. They should emulate the District Commissioner’s gesture, he took part in cleaning our surroundings here, let’s do the same,” said GVH Chindiyo.

According to the District’s Director of Health and Social Services, Dr. Gilbert Chapweteka cholera cases from last year the district has recorded 517 cholera cases cumulatively with 18 deaths.

He told Zodiak Online, the epidemic has affected 15 health facilities with Lulwe, Chididi, Phokera, Kalemba, Makhanga, Osiyana, Sankhulani and Trinity still reporting new cases.

The Tithetse cholera campaign is being implemented by the Ministry of Water and Sanitation.

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