Water and Sanitation Minister Abida Sidik Mia has urged Malawians to continue observing cholera containment measures despite a downward trend in cases of the outbreak.
Mia made the call during a clean-up exercise at Area 25 Health Centre in Lilongwe.
Mia encouraged people to always clean up their premises and follow the best waste management practices to have a clean and healthy environment to prevent the spread of diseases.
The Minister also took time to tour the facility to appreciate challenges hampering service delivery. She then proceeded to clean the maternity ward.
Mia, who was joined by her Deputy Liana Kakhobwe Chapota, as well as officials from Water and Environmental Sanitation Network, Lilongwe City Council and other government agencies, condemned the reckless dumping of diapers in rivers and streets.
She, therefore said they led the exercise to show the need to continue with the clean-up campaign to improve sanitation in Malawi.
Executive Director for Water and Environmental Sanitation Network (Wesnet), Willies Mwandira, who supported the clean-up exercise, committed to support and work with the government to address poor sanitation, which he noted leads to diseases like cholera.
Mwandira stressed the need for coordination and sustainability of the clean-up campaign and that everyone should get involved in helping improve sanitation and hygiene.
President Dr Lazarus Chakwera launched the clean-up campaign in 2023 and charged all government ministries and departments to engage in a clean-up exercise every second week of the month with the view to improve sanitation in the country.
Reported by Yamikani Simtowe, MBC Online Services.