Water Aid Malawi is constructing sanitary facilities at Ntchisi District Hospital and other health facilities to enhance sanitation in the district.
The facilities include pit latrines, placenta pits, refuse and ash pits, incinerators and bathrooms as well as the installation of solar water pumps and plumbing works.
The works started in August and are expected to be completed next month.
In an interview, Water Aid Malawi programme officer Laston Zungu said they may extend the project to all the health facilities, depending on resources.
“We want to improve access to potable water and hygiene among health workers and their clients in the targeted areas,” he said.
On her part, Ntchisi district water development officer Bridget Banda said water connection will improve the delivery of healthcare services, especially at the maternity wing.
In his remarks, Ntchisi district director of public works Dzilire Nkhoma said his office will ensure that the construction works are up to standard and are using recommended materials.
Kangolwa Health Centre management committee member Harold Jemitala said they will urge community members not to vandalise the facilities.
With support from Water Aid UK, the organisation is implementing a three-year Water Sanitation and Hygiene Project and Armain Aqua for Life II Project in health facilities in the district.