Save the Children in a drive to curb further spread of Cholera outbreak
In a quest to scaling up the fight against cholera in the Zomba district, Save the Children International has donated chlorine and hand washing soap to Zomba District Health Office amounting to MK2.3 million in order to improve hygiene practices in the district.
Speaking during the hand over ceremony of the donation at DHO offices, Senior Area Operations and Humanitarian Manager for Save the Children Steve Kantimaleka said the organization thought it wise to come up with such donation to Zomba District Health Office considering that the cholera outbreak has also affected the district.
Kantimaleka said the organization believes that the chlorine and hand washing soap will go a long away in combatting the further spread of the outbreak, especially in cholera prone areas in the district.
Kantimaleka: Save the Children International has made the donation to counter further spread of the outbreak
He said Zomba district has recorded one confirmed case of cholera and 16 suspected cases, and this alerted the organization to intensify initiative of the scaling up operation of preventing the spread of the outbreak in the district as they did with other districts like Chikwawa and Nsanje where the outbreak hit hard.
“About 19 districts have been affected by cholera outbreak in the country, and Zomba has not been spared. As Save the Children, we thought it wise to respond to the outbreak by providing the preventing supplies so that it can help in the efforts of combating the further spread of the disease. We have been responding to cholera in Chikwawa and Nsanje where we provided cholera supplies including drugs, and now what we are doing is to scale up responses cross the country. We will be going to Northern Region, especially in Mzimba and Nkhata Bay with same,” said Kantimaleka.
He further said the organization believes that if parents and guardians have been affected with cholera disease, they cannot take a good care of their children, hence affecting children in many ways such as health and education.
A symbolic handover of the donation
He added that, for instance, in Chikwawa, about 14 percent of cholera cases were children which put their lives at risk of death.
In his remarks, District Environmental Officer for Zomba District Council Innocent Mvula commended the Save the Children for the donation saying that it has come at a right time when the district is busy putting up various interventions in order to contain the further spread of cholera disease in the district.
He said Zomba has registered a case of cholera, and other cholera suspects, hence the supplies received will go a long away in cholera preparedness so that the number of cholera cases should not increase in the district.
“The chlorine and hand washing soap received today will help us as a District Council to prepare well in the fight against the cholera so that it should not affect many people," he said.
Mvula added that the district has put a number of interventions such as integrating cholera messages with polio campaigns, prepositioning of cholera supplies to the health facilities, especially in hotspot area, as well as working with civil society organizations in sensitizing the masses and intensify hygiene promotion because the district alone cannot manage to reach everywhere in the district.