Traditional Authority (T/A) Chowe of Mangochi has asked his subjects to embrace the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (Wash) Project Malawi Red Cross Society (MRCS) is implementing in his area to holistically fight waterborne diseases.
The chief made the plea on Wednesday at Mtuka Village in his area when MRCS presented awards to two villages, Mtuka and Kamwana under group village head Kadewere, for outclassing other areas in a Wash competition.
Speaking in an interview, Chowe urged households to own toilets to avoid diseases that come as a result of open defaecation.
“This area used to be the bedrock of waterborne diseases. Every year during the rainy season, [we had cholera outbreaks]. We have lost people who could have contributed enormously to the socio-economic development of this area,” he said.
In his remarks, MRCS project officer for Mangochi, Elliot Nazonse, said they introduced the competition to promote sanitation among communities. n