Blantyre City Council and its partner WASTE Malawi has started construction and rehabilitation of public toilets under the Sanitation Service Level Agreement Project which is being co-financed by the Council and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Under the first phase of the project, 28 toilets are currently under construction/rehabilitation while it is expected that about 100 facilities will be erected in the city by the end of the project.
The sanitation facilities are disability friendly and most of them will have showers to allow people to refresh. “
Toilets are very important and we have prioritized the areas where the situation was worsening, to make sure that the people are living in good conditions,” says Dr Emmanuel Kanjunjunju, Director of Health and Social Services.
“To make sure that people take full responsibility f the facilities and also maintain the high standards, once completed the toilets will be handed over to entrepreneurs in an open bidding process to run them,” he says.
Active Youth and Social Enhancement (AYISE) executive director Marcel Chisi says the project will be very instrumental as it will change the mindset and life style of people into responsible and healthy citizens.
“We have instigated this project to make sure that Blantyre City is not polluted. We will continue to inspect the areas where these projects are taking place to make sure that they are done in time and accordingly,” Chisi said this on Wednesday during the inspection of the project sites.