Government says is committed to improving sanitation and hygiene as a means of achieving the Sustainable Development goal number 6.2. which urges countries to, by 2030, achieve access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all.
Deputy minister of Health Enock Phale made the commitment on Thursday in the area of Traditional Authority Jalavikuwa in Mzimba district at the certification of that area to an Open Defecation Free status with support from World vision.
Phale says improved hygiene and sanitation is key as it shall help improve the health status of all people of Malawi in the long run.
“Maintaining the sanitation and hygiene is central to increasing quality of life and years of healthy life, Globally, 25% of all deaths and 52% of total disease burden can be attributed to sanitation related factors.” Phale said.
He however said Government of Malawi recognises that promotion of sanitation and hygiene requires collective efforts from all stakeholders by ensuring that the disease transmission route is interrupted.
World Vision Malawi Director if Programmes Charles Chimombo has congratulated Traditional Authority Jalavikuwa for his area’s attainment of Open Dedication Free status in a space of one year.
“We are impressed with how this community has welcome this intervention, it takes time for an area to attain the ODF status but here in a space of one year, we are here now celebrating,” said Chimombo.
In his remarks Traditional Authority Jalavikuwa said he believes health living begins with good sanitation and hygiene hence the commitment by his subjects.