The World Health Organization declared a global public health emergency over the spread of the infection which has killed thousands of people and sickened hundreds of thousands.
Speaking when she handed over the items to LCC, WaterAid in Malawi Country Director Mercy Masoo stressed the need for increased awareness about the disease and supporting the people who work to improve and sanitation and hygiene in public spaces and institutions.
“We have handed over some supplies to Lilongwe City Council because we recognize the council’s role in promoting sanitation and hygiene. The materials we have supplied will help them do their work and promote the preventive measures that have been put in place towards the fight against the pandemic in the city,” she said.
Masoo said as many countries face the risk of Coronavirus Disease (Covid-19), WaterAid in Malawi joins the government of Malawi to effectively respond to the threats of the pandemic.
She further said although there are no detected cases yet in Malawi, prevention of the spread of the disease requires concerted efforts from all players.
“In emergency situations like this one, WaterAid in Malawi believes in collaboration to achieve maximum results. Already, we work closely with government and this pandemic calls for concerted efforts.
“We have handed over some supplies to Lilongwe City Council because we recognize the council’s role in promoting sanitation and hygiene. The materials we have supplied will help them do their work and promote the preventive measures that have been put in place towards the fight against the pandemic in the city,” Masoo said.
Apart from the supplies to Lilongwe City Council, WaterAid in Malawi – in collaboration with the Ministry of Health – is involved in awareness campaign on Covid-19 through messages broadcast on television, radio, social media and newspapers.
Covid-19 is spread through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose when an infected person coughs or sneezes. The common symptoms include high fever, tiredness and dry cough.
To prevent infection and to slow transmission of Covid-19, WaterAid encourages everyone to wash hands regularly with soap and clean water, or clean the hands with alcohol-based hand rub; maintain at least 1 metre distance between you and the next person (especially in closed spaces); avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth; when coughing or sneezing use the inside elbow to prevent droplets from spreading.