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Mangochi Stands to Benefit from Wash

Makeshift toilet in GwandaMangochi stands to benefit from the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) project courtesy of the Village Hygiene Organization which will facilitate the whole process in the district, Malawi News Agency (Mana) has learnt.

Speaking recently in an interview with Mana Village Hygiene Organization Project Coordinator, Roy Khonyongwa said it is a high time Malawians had access to potable and clean water to avoid water borne diseases.

He the initiative would attempt to construct latrines in schools and increase people’s access to safe and clean water within a short distance.

“At least 360 latrines will be constructed for boys and girls in different schools which will be identified by the District Education Manager’s office in Mangochi,” Khonyongwa said.

Khonyongwa added that the project is only targeting such public facilities like schools, considering that these places were usually susceptible to communicable diseases.

“We’re deliberately taking the initiative to school in particular since this is where most of the girls and boys spend much of their time,” he said, adding that providing quality health services to such institutions through clean water and standard toilets was essential.

Director of Planning and Developmental for Mangochi District Council, Ernest Kadzokoya thanked the Village Hygiene Organization for initiating an important project which would go a long way in improving people’s living standards.

“On behalf of the council, I would like to thank the organization for considering Mangochi as one of the beneficiary for this important initiative which will help to reduce cases of cholera and other related waterborne diseases,’ Kadzokoya said.

The Water, Sanitation and Hygiene project will be implemented in two Traditional Authorities of Mangochi namely, Traditional Authority Namavi and Traditional Authority Chowe. It will run for two years starting from 2014 - 2016.




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