Lilongwe, July 18, Mana: Oxfam has been commended for constantly disinfecting Primary and Community Day Secondary Schools (CDSS) within the catchment area of Chitedze Health Centre in Lilongwe.
Senior Health Surveillance Assistant (SHSA) for Chitedze Health Centre, Andrew Jose made the commendation Sunday during a media follow up on Covid-19 Response Project being managed under consortia of nine international Non-Governmental Organizations (INGO) and Oxfam is one of the implementing partners. The project is being funded by European Union Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid (ECHO).
He said 18 primary schools and nine CDSSs were regularly disinfected to ensure that schools were safe and free from the virus.
Jose said the schools were being provided with supplies like soap, hand sanitisers and buckets.
“Apart from disinfecting schools, communities were being provided with chlorine as one way of strengthening the fight against the spread of Covid- 19,” the SHSA explained.
Oxfam started providing chlorine in November 2020. According to Jose, this has helped the area not to register any water borne diseases which are mostly common during the rainy season.
He added that HSAs were mandated to do the distribution and were orienting the communities on proper usage of chlorine.
Chitedze Health Centre In-charge and Clinician, Tamandani Tambala said Oxfam’s support to the facility has helped to strength preventive measures of Covid-19 within the catchment area.
She said before the assistance, the facility was constantly running out of stocks to supplies like Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs), gloves, masks and hand sanitisers.
“With support from Oxfam, we have been able to disinfect the facility and utensils regularly. We are now providing and washing facilities in all our entry points of the facility due to their support,” Tambala said.
The health centre facilitated the regular distribution of chlorine to communities, markets, schools and chiefs in the area.
Oxfam Malawi Country Director, Lingalireni Mihowa promised that the disinfection of these institutions would continue.
“As such, there is another consignment of chlorine to be distributed next week to schools, markets, health centres and civil protection committees which is aimed at equipping the structures with enough materials to prepare for the third wave,” she said
Mihowa disclosed that they are engaging government and the benefiting institutions to set up funding mechanisms so that they could be able to buy the chlorine by themselves as a sustainability measure.