Head teacher of Matiti Primary School in Machinga says the fight against trachoma can be won if non-governmental organisations (NGOs) work with government to eliminate the disease.
Nickson Ambali made the sentiments last week when Heart to Heart Foundation (HtHF) donated hand washing facilities and latrines to improve hygiene at the school.
The foundation’s country director Boyce Nyirenda said trachoma is a harmful disease when identified late, particularly among learners.
“We felt duty-bound to construct toilets and supply the school with hand-washing facilities to enable pupils wash their hands after visiting the toilet to get rid of germs that may cause trachoma,” he said.
The foundation has also constructed and rehabilitated toilets, boreholes and supplied hand-washing facilities to Puteya, Namasika, Mpombe, Machinga Boma, Ngokwe and Chikweo education zones in the district.
Machinga district education manager Sarah Khozi commended the foundation for drumming up support in the fight against trachoma in the district’s schools.
“Blindness prevents learners from being attentive in class as they struggle to see properly during lessons or studies. We pledge to utilise these facilities properly for the benefit of our pupils,” she said.
The foundation is implementing the elimination of trachoma in Machinga with technical support from the Korean International Agency (Koica) to help the Government of Malawi in the elimination of trachoma in the country. n