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Presidential Taskforce on Covid-19 and Cholera Hailed MRCS Cholera Interventions

Task Force members appreciating one of the boreholes MRCS has drilled Task Force members appreciating one of the boreholes MRCS has drilled

The Presidential Task Force on Covid 19 and Cholera in the country says is impressed with Malawi Red Cross Society's (MRCS) interventions during the Cholera outbreak.

Task Force's National Coordinator, Brighton M’baya said this in Mangochi district Tuesday where he led a group of officials to appreciate some of the interventions MRCS implemented to combat the outbreak in the district.

M'baya said Mangochi at the very beginning was a worst hit cholera district, but with the guidance at national level, the district's leadership together with its partners worked hard to control the

outbreak.

"What we have seen today is very impressive. We went to a place where we saw MRCS providing a community water supply system and we are here where a community engagement approach has been used, very effective to control cholera," said M'baya after visiting Senior Chiefs Mponda and Chimwala areas respectively.

He said as government they appreciate the good work the organization is doing in the country and encourage them to do more.

"The declaration of government that Cholera is no longer a condition of public concern does not mean that Cholera is over, let's continue prepare and plan that if the pandemic occurs again we can respond," said M'baya.

MRCS Director of programmes, Prisca Chisala, said a visit by the Task Force Team was a motivation to then as they have been implementing a number of interventions on Cholera since last year.

According to Chisala, the organization trained its volunteers and Health Surveillance Assistance (HSA's) on issue of cholera and also provided access to safe water in cholera prone districts.

"We drilled and rehabilitated boreholes, Chlorinating water door to door to make sure that people are using safe water," Chisala explained.

Chief Preventive Officer for Mangochi District Health Office, Dr. Kondwani Mamba, said currently, they are in a process of developing a plan which will assist them and other partners to combat cholera if it hit again this coming rainy season.

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