Kasungu NICE District Civic Education Officer (DCEO), Pilirani Chaguza, said cholera is a deadly disease and that it should be everyone’s responsibility to eliminate it.
Chaguza made the sentiments at Lwangwa Full Primary School in the area of Traditional Authority (T/A) Mnyanja on Wednesday where the organization conducted an awareness meeting with parents and children on the rights of children.
With financial support from UNICEF, NICE and Malawi Law Commission are jointly implementing a Legal Literacy Programme, which aims to increase awareness of gender-related violence.
Chaguza said cholera has created a lot of pain and economic devastation in Malawi as evidenced by loss of productive lives and financial resources channeled towards the fight against the disease.
“The outbreak is causing the country a lot of pain as we have lost many productive lives and financial resources, which were supposed to be used to develop this country, have been diverted to the fight against the pandemic. It is our appeal, therefore, that in areas where there have been no cases registered yet, communities need to exercise extra care and continue observing sanitation and hygiene practices to avert the spreading of the disease to those areas,” said Chaguza.
Primary Education Advisor (PEA) for Kawiya Zone, Mathias Mthunzi, commended NICE for taking a leading role in disseminating cholera messages in the area.
Mthunzi assured the organization that his office will work closely with NICE to ensure the messages are spread to all learners and parents in the area.