Group Village Headman Mwase of Likoma has expressed disappointment over poor sanitation on the Island beaches.
He blamed health surveillances for not doing enough to push for hygiene in the communities which mostly use the lake waters as toilets.
Mwase said there was need for community health workers to take a leading role in changing the people’s mindset about using the lake for sanitation.
“Health workers are not working as it used to be in the previous years. People need to be pushed. They cannot listen to us. Sanitation is a big problem. Some people have toilets but they just take it as a habit to squat in sand along the beaches. This is frustrating because we cannot promote tourism with such behaviour,” said Mwase.
He was speaking during an interface conducted by the National Imitative for Civic Education (Nice) at Chima Primary School in the district.
The meeting was organised to assess the impact of Nice civic education activities in GVH Mwase’s area.
“We are lucky that we drink tap water which is supplied by Northern Region Water Board, otherwise we could be attacked by diarrhea or cholera. Nevertheless, our health workers should assist us. We cannot pretend that things are fine, no,” said Mwase.
On Nice activities, the participants said they have been able to make follow ups on the construction of a clinic which they said was taking long to be completed than planned.
The people observed that the clinic construction has resumed after a long pause.
Nice monitoring, evaluation and learning officer, Loma Nyangulu, said it was pleasing to note that people were taking ownership of the development initiatives in their areas adding community participation is crucial in development of a country.
“As Nice, we are happy that people get our messages and utilise them; as you know, we are fully present in this island district. People need to take part in development activities at all stages. That is what develops a sense of ownership in them,” said Nyangulu.
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