Sep 19, 2017 Last Updated 8:40 AM, Sep 19, 2017


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Two people have died in a road accident in Dedza district and others have survived with serious injuries.

The accident occurred Thursday morning at Nkutu village near Bembeke trading centre in the district.

Confirming the accident to Capital FM, the law enforcers said the accident involved Presidential Advisor on Non Governmental Organisations, Mavuto Bamusi. He escaped with minor injuries.

According to Dedza Police spokesman the accident happened after a driver of a vehicle registration number BS7970 attempted to overtake a car and ended up colliding with another vehicle in the process.

Edward Kabango revealed that the two people died on the spot due to head injuries.

The deceased have been identified as identified as Benson Magetsi, 36, from Katsekaminga village T/A Kamenyagwaza in Dedza. He was the driver in the vehicle that attempted the overtake.

The other, 50 year old Levison Chinyoka, from  Njolomole village,  T/A Njolomole in Ntcheu district respectively.

Both of the deceased were in the same vehicle.

Meanwhile, the police are asking drivers to observe speed limits to avoid accidents.

This is the latest road accident after concerns were raised from the public over the escalating number of lives being lost on Malawi's roads.

Last weekend about 15 people died in separate road accidents.

Communities Malawi’s central region district of Ntcheu are being challenged to be vigilant in disseminating messages that will lead to the elimination of gender based violence and HIV and AIDS amongst women in the district.

This is according to representatives of Coalition of Women Living with HIV and Aids in Malawi (COWLHA).

The development comes as the organisation is implementing a five year project with emphasis on women empowerment hence combating the pandemic.

Speaking to Capital FM, the organisations Executive Director is of the view that the awareness messages can help in reducing incidences of gender based violence as well as HIV and Aids amongst women.

Edna Tembo stated that women are subjected to torture and abuse from their husbands hence at risk of contracting the virus.

“In most cases, women do not have a say when it comes to negotiation safe sex with their husbands.

And with such cases our women are at a higher risk of contracting the virus in such circumstances,” Tembo explained.

Meanwhile, the organisation has trained over 100 community action groups from Traditional Authority Ganya to help in the dissemination of information on the effects of gender based violence.

The organisation is also hoping to reduce the HIV prevalence amongst women who are at risk of contracting the virus due to such evil acts.

The Coalition of Women Living with HIV and Aids in Malawi (COWLHA) was established in 2006.

It unites different groups of women as a civil society force dealing with issues of gender and women’s rights in context of HIV and AIDS that impact on the lives of women living with HIV.

Health authorities in Malawi’s central region district of Ntcheu have revealed that they have surpassed the initial target of children earmarked for the Integrated Measles Rubella Campaign.

Authorities in Ntcheu attribute the development due to massive mass awareness campaigns conducted across the district before and during the exercise.

The week long campaign that the Ministry of Health conducted in June across the country aimed at eradicating cases of rubella wich are more prevalent when compared to those of measles.

However, apart from the measles and rubella vaccine, the ministry also introduced Vitamin A supplementation and de-worming during the exercise.

Speaking to Capital FM, Ntcheu District Environmental Health Officer disclosed that health authorities targeted 277,801 children between 9 months and 14 years of age.

Bosco Kaluwa stressed that after the campaign conducted in June this year, authorities covered 296, 464 children surpassing the targeted number.

“On Vitamin A supplementation the target was 96, 642 but we managed to reach out to 112, 095 children.

And on De-worming out of 81,367 targeted number, the district reached out to 114, 605 children,” explained Kaluwa.

The measles rubella vaccine targeted 7 million children within the age range of 9 months to 14 years across the country during the campaign.

Over 2 million children from 6 to 59 months were targeted to receive the Vitamin A supplementation while over 1 million children from 12-59 months were targeted for De-worming.

Also known as German measles, Rubella is an infection that causes a red rash on the body, and usually causes fever and swollen lymph nodes.

The disease is often mild with half of people not realising they are sick.

High cases of abuse on women and HIV /AIDS infections are expected to be reduced in Malawi's central region district of Ntcheu in the next five years.

This follows engagement of traditional leaders as well as faith leaders in the district by local Non Governmental Organisation Coalition of Women Living with HIV and AIDS (COWLHA).

The organisation is implementing a project with emphasis in women empowerment under new approach known as Sasa Faith.

In the new approach, the NGO will be using local leaders and faith leaders in raising awareness aimed at reducing such cases in the district.

Previously, the grouping was using Star Circle method whereby it was using community facilitators in raising awareness on evils of such malpractices.

Speaking to Capital FM, COWLHA Programs Manager views the new approach will go a long way in achieving the project desired goal.

Harry Madukani disclosed that with the intervention, a large number of communities will be reached with key messages on gender based violence and HIV/AIDS unlike previous methodologies.

"Religious and local leaders are too influential in the communities as they demand a large following.

And we strongly believe their involvement will have a great impact in reducing the cases of gender based violence as well as HIV/AIDS in the district," explained Madukani.

A local leader under Traditional Authority Mpando disclosed that the project have helped a lot in reducing cases of abuses against women in his area of jurisdiction.

Group Village headman Madana however described their engagement as a welcome development hence reaffirmed total commitment in raising awareness to communities.

COWLHA is implementing the initiative with financial assistance from Trocare.

Five people have died in a road accident in Malawi’s central region of Ntcheu

The accident occurred Wednesday morning at Salima turn - off in the district.

Police in the district have confirmed of the accident in which five others have escaped with various degrees of injuries.

Ntcheu Police Publicist disclosed the vehicle a Toyota Land Cruiser landed on an electric pole after its driver failed to negotiate a corner due to over speeding.

Hastings Chigalu stated the vehicle registration number MG 5559 belongs to Chitipa District Agriculture Office and was heading towards Balaka from Salima direction with ten passengers on board.

"Five people including the driver died on spot while two others sustained serious injuries with the rest escaping with minor injuries," explained Chigalu.

In the meantime police have identified the deceased as Sekani Ngulube Gama and Margret Phiri while the three other deceased are not yet identified while the rest are receiving medical treatment at Balaka District Hospital.

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