CAHESH hands over K2.2m toilet to Chiradzulu DHO

Campaign for Health Education, Sanitation and Hygiene (CAHESH), has handed over a K2.2 million disability friendly pit latrine to Chiradzulu District Hospital.

Speaking during the official handover on Tuesday, CAHESH Executive Director, Macdonald Kaluwa said the project is disability friendly and his organization has plans to construct 10 more toilets in the district’s health centres and schools.

This is a new project in Malawi and the ventilated improved pit latrine that we have handed over today is the first of its kind. We have started with Chiradzulu and should funds be available, we will roll it out to other districts, he said.

Kaluwa added that the project was complementing government’s efforts on sanitation and hygiene and that the donation was going towards disability friendly water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) initiative.

He said very soon CAHESH would start constructing the remaining three latrines at the district hospital before embarking on a similar exercise to health centres and schools in the district.

Chiradzulu District Environmental Health Officer, Noel Zondwa, thanked CAHESH for the timely support to efforts of improving hygiene and sanitation in the district, saying the hospital only had flash toilets since the two pit latrines were filled up.

Zondwa assured that management of the hospital would take proper care of the facility despite challenges that some people may not know how to use it.

We will educate patients and guardians on how best they can use the facility, but since we receive patients daily, it becomes a bit challenging. We also have the guards outside the toilets who will help us in taking care of the facility, he said.

Zondwa, however, observed that some people stand on the seat instead of sitting, noting that this was also the same challenge with the flash toilets.

He, therefore, said as a way of continuing to educate people, the hospital’s management has engaged traditional leaders within the hospital to sensitize their subjects so that the toilets have a long life span.

The latrines have been constructed for persons with disabilities, in particular those who use a wheel chair and children to use without assistance. The toilet would be emptied when filled up.

Source: Malawi News Agency MANA

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