Dry taps affect COVID19 prevention efforts in Blantyre

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By Wezi Nyirongo Chamanza 

Residents in most parts of Blantyre are experiencing dry taps, which is posing a major setback to preventing coronavirus.

In areas like Naperi, Chitawira and Zingwangwa, residents have had no running water for almost 10 hours since Thursday, while some Bangwe residents have had no water supply for a week now.

The situation comes amid calls from health authorities that the public needs to wash hands regularly and for at least 20 seconds using soap or sanitizers.

Churches, retail shops, schools and hospitals have placed hand washing services to ensure everyone visiting such facilities does not get infected.

Hand washing with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on the hands.

But such efforts are being compromised due to sporadic water supply by the Blantyre Water Board-BWB.

On Friday, BWB Management revealed in a statement that engineers were working on a fault at their Chileka pumping station and that normal water supply would be restored after 10pm on Friday.

But residents were still subjected to more hours of dry taps yesterday until this morning, forcing them to draw water from unprotected sources.

Coronavirus is highly contagious and deadly, having claimed thousands of lives worldwide since it broke out in China late last year.

Malawi has no confirmed case, but 554 suspected cases are in self-quarantine having travelled from affected countries.


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