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Tuesday, 10 March 2015 19:39

Red Cross in Cholera awareness orientations in Zomba

Written by  Synd Kalimbuka

Zomba, March 10: The Malawi Red Cross Society-MRCS says it has reached out to over 3450 people in 14 flood camps in Zomba with hygiene messages in a bid to prevent outbreaks of waterborne diseases like Cholera and diarrhoea.

The awareness orientations targeted village health committees, Health Surveillance Assistants and volunteers in the 14 camps where people affected by floods are seeking refuge.

In an interview, Assistant District Project Officer for Red Cross in Zomba, Francis Livati said through the orientations, MRCS had reached out to over 3450 people.

Livati said his organisation was committed towards promoting the general wellbeing of the victims in camps by providing them with food, shelter and other health related necessities.

He said MRCS has managed to reach out to such camp sites as St Michaels, Mikundi, Mitole, Namachete, Muonekera, Mbidi, Kachulu, Ntonda, St Peters and Pirimiti.

And GVH Msalu said apart from promoting hygiene practices and orienting on Cholera, Red Cross distributed food and non-food items to people in his area.

According to the Zomba DHO, 105 diarrhoea cases have been registered this year. No cholera case has been registered in the district.

Malawi Red Cross is one of the partners working hand in hand with Zomba district council through the District Disaster Management Officer in providing flood victims with shelter, food and protection from any form of abuse and disease.