OVER 600 GET ACCESS TO CLEAN WATER IN LUBOMBO

OVER 600 GET ACCESS TO CLEAN WATER IN LUBOMBO

The National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA) has lived up to its slogan of ‘protecting lives, reducing loss and building resilience’ as it distributed water purification chemicals to 637 people in the Lubombo region. NDMA embarked on the exercise of distributing P&G sachets to ensure that community members, especially in Lubombo do not drink contaminated water. The Lubombo region has suffered back-to-back drought spells, which have resulted in people having no access to clean water. NDMA Communications Manager Wandile Mavuso said the P&G water purification
technology is an amazing innovation that quickly turns 10 litres of dirty, potentially deadly water into clean and drinkable water. The water purification packet contains a powdered mixture that has been proven to eliminate
disease causing micro-organisms, remove more than 99.99999% of common waterborne bacteria (including those that cause cholera), 99.99% of common waterborne viruses (including those that cause hepatitis A) and 99.9% of protozoa, among other benefits. The water treatment sachets have been distributed to six chiefdoms under Matsanjeni North and
Mpolonjeni constituencies in the Lubombo region, benefitting over 90 households. Some of the chiefdoms that have benefited from the program include Lukhetseni, Mambane, Tikhuba, KaShoba, Ndzangu, Ngcina, Mpolonjeni and Hlangothi. Mavuso said with the recent heavy rains the country has received over the period, his organization needed to ensure that people in the region got clean water to prevent the outbreak of water borne diseases, such as cholera which, if necessary steps are not taken, can cost the government a lot in treating patients. He elaborated that all the households that were sourcing water from unprotected sources were given 180 sachets each and these sachets are estimated to last each household a period of three months. “Demonstration and training before distribution to ensure that public is well informed on directions for use is done to avoid misusing of the medication by the beneficiaries,” said Mavuso.

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