LWB intervenes in cholera fight

The interventions include; Water connections in newly constructed Sanitation facilities in the following markets: Chinsapo, Chadzamakono, Manda Market Kawale 2, Shire, Lumbadzi, Kanengo, Area 24, Ngwenya, Gologota and Kaliyeka in Lilongwe city.

In addition, LWB has also rehabilitated Kiosks in cholera hot spot areas such as Area 36, Kauma, Mtsiliza, and Mtandile, among others.

The water utility company has also Installed 21 new Standpipes in its Non-Serviced Areas to improve the availability of potable water in the areas.

The institution also once donated granular chlorine worth over K1 million to Lilongwe District Health Office (DHO) which was meant to be shared with communities in Lilongwe city and surrounding areas.

Mbewe (R): during the donation of chlorine to Lilongwe DHO-pic by Moses Nyirenda

In an interview with Malawi News Agency (Mana), LWB Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Silli Mbewe said that these interventions are coming after the government called upon well-wishers including companies and organizations to assist in the fight against the cholera outbreak in the country.

“In response to the government’s call for support in the fight against Cholera through the Presidential Taskforce on Covid and Cholera, we developed a cholera response Strategy for Lilongwe city and surrounding areas to mitigate the further spread of the disease.

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“The strategy was designed to ensure the availability of safe water in cholera hot spot areas and all other areas within the LWB reticulation area, the strategy was also made to mitigate further spread of the cholera disease in areas that have not been severely hit within the peri-urban areas,” Mbewe said.

Currently, under the Lilongwe Water and Sanitation Project (LWSP), LWB is working on expediting free water connections as well as commissioning 23 newly constructed water Kiosks in newly reticulated areas in its Southern Zone, according to the CEO.

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Ministry of Heath Public Relations Officer (PRO), Adrian Chikumbe hailed LWB for making efforts to support the fight against cholera in the country.

“Government through our ministry called upon stakeholders’ support to combat the further spread of cholera in the country, for this reason, we are glad to see that LWB is making tremendous efforts in response to the plea which was made,” He said.

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He, therefore, called other institutions in the country to emulate what LWB is doing saying that it would help in containing the cholera outbreak in the country.

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