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People from Chankhungu Health centre in Dowa district can now smile as the only health centre they rely to get health services wears a new face of life.

New toilets built by RHEMA

The centre which has been operating with very dilapidated and unhygienic toilets and bathrooms for a long time and RHEMA Institution for Development has come in and built modern toilets, hygienic and standard toilets, something that has been applauded by the locals.

This used to be a washroom

Maines Jacob, one of the locals from Chankhungu trading centre says she is very happy seeing the only health centre they rely to get health services getting good toilets citing that the donation will help alot in improving sanitation at the health centre.

Life wasn’t good using this as a bathing place – Maines Jacob

“Previously we were not happy coming to this health centre because instead of going back home well treated on the diseases we suffered like malaria, we could go home sick again to some air and waterborne diseases as thus health centre had no good toilets and with these toilets, surely we are now safe.” Jacob hinted.
Speaking after the handover of the toilets, Member of parliament for the area Halima Daud thanked RHEMA for the timely donation and asked them to continue assisting people in her constituency saying RHEM is a true developmental partner.

“I must confess here that RHEMA is indeed our true partner as they have been assisting us with different developments like provision of toilets in schools and hospitals, boreholes, farming services and many more, this gives us confidence that we have a true developmental partner.” Daud said.

The Chief Executive Officer for RHEMA, Innocent Semu, highlighted that his organisation decided to build toilets at this institution after noting that the dignity of Malawians who come to access health services at this institution was not there as the wash rooms they were using were not hygienic and were the causative agents for other diseases.

We are to continue serving Malawians diligently – Semu

“With funding from Hope for a Child-UK, we have built these good toilets and we will continue doing so in all areas once our assessment of the problem identified shows that there is a need for us to do so.” Semu told this reporter.

RHEMA Institute for Development has been working in Water and Sanitation Health issues in Dowa and other areas and this is just one component of many issues the organisation is addressing.

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