The Deputy Minister of Local Government Halima Daud says Government is committed to improve sanitation and hygiene standards in rural communities which will significantly reduce the burden of diseases across the country.
The Deputy Minister said this on Friday during a sanitation and hygiene promotion campaign at Traditional Authority Lulanga Headquarters in Mangochi District.
Daud said hygiene and sanitation are of prime importance to development because once the people are healthy, they are ready and eager to participate in different developmental activities.
She commended the council for taking the cleaning initiative to the remote area saying that it is in line with the Presidential Initiative to improve sanitation and hygiene efforts in all communities across the country.
She added that the State President Dr Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera showed his commitment to the initiative by launching the Clean-up Campaign in 2020.
“We should always follow the general hygiene practices in order to prevent infections that result into diseases like diarrhea especially now when we have escalating cases of Cholera in the Country.
“This being an area which boarders with Mozambique, and also being a lakeshore area, there are more movements and interactions taking place, so, we need to intensify hygiene for safety,” she said.
The District Commissioner for the district Raphael Piringu said the communities are benefiting a lot through a development partnership the district entered into with the Government of Iceland to implement the Mangochi Basic Services Programme (MBSP) from 2017 to 2021.
He said the development objective is to improve provision and use of the basic services in maternal health and family planning, primary education, water and sanitation and community development for men and women living in the rural areas of the district.
“Through the partnership, the government provides financial support for service delivery and capacity building for health, education, Water and Sanitation, Gender, Youth and Council secretariat,” said the DC.
Daud later on handed over a speed boat worthy MK45m to Mangochi District Council.
She said the boat will help improve referral health services within the lakeshore district.
On the other hand, Piringu said the boat will assist the District Health Office to reach out to the people living on Islands and other remote areas by the lake in Mangochi to access health services faster than before.
He said the boat will also reduce the panic among health workers as they strive to provide adequate health services including immunization on time.
The boat was donated by Unicef.