Phalombe: Youth of Traditional Authority (TA) Mkhumba in Phalombe Wednesday cleaned and scrubbed Mpasa Health Centre as a way of encouraging communities within the facility’s catchment area to take care of the facility.
The event attracted youth from 22 youth clubs within the area of TA Mkhumba where they mopped, swept and slashed grass around the facility among other things.
In an interview with Malawi News Agency (Mana) with Chairperson for Mkhumba Youth Network Moses Kathumba said the group organized the event in an attempt to highlight the importance of sanitation and hygiene in health facilities.
We want to send a message to communities surrounding Mpasa Health Centre that the responsibility of taking care of the facility is in their hands as such they must not wait for government to do everything in maintaining the facility as it is there to serve them, he said.
Kathumba added that the event served as a platform for the youth to raise their concerns over persistent lack of sanitation in government institutions including health facilities in the district.
Health Centre’s In- Charge, Harrold Mwaleya said the young people had portrayed a scarce spirit of responsibility which he said is one of the ingredients to sound development.
He noted that achieving total sanitation was becoming a challenge at the facility due to lack of water as the only reliable water source broke down in 2017 and was yet to be repaired.
District Youth Officer (DYO), Ian Sukali urged the young people to scale up the initiative to their respective villages so as to assist in the fight against Cholera which was one of the deadly outbreaks that usually attack the district
He said young people were the large population as such there was need for them to be in the forefront in advocating for behavior change.
Mpasa Health Centre is one of the big and busy health facilities in Phalombe district, serving a cross-section of TA’s Mkhumba and Kaduya with a daily running out patients department as well as a maternity wing.
Source: Malawi News Agency MANA