Cholera disturb Mary’s Meals school feeding program in Karonga:  Malawi officials says prevention measures

Mary’s Meals one of the organizations dealing with school feeding programs in Malawi has disclosed that it has lost its 2015 to 2016 last term resources in Karonga due to cholera disease which led to the ban of its program.

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A  learner eating porridge in school feeding program.

The revelation follows the ban of the program in the first term of the 2016 to 2017 primary school academic calendar.

Speaking during the District Executive Committee (DEC) in Karonga, the organization’s community engagement and training manager Richard Sabawo said the ban will also affect the learners.

“Like the ended term, we were banned to continue with our program at the middle of the process. This made our resources to be rotten in the warehouse, therefore, if the ban continues to the next term then it will be a disaster,” said Sabawo.

Sabawo also disclosed that the learners’ turn-up will be reduced especially if the decision continues.

“You can agree with me that the program has increased access to primary education for children living in poverty therefore by banning the program will affect such learners,’ he added.

He then appealed to the stakeholders to immediately find means of arresting the disease.

Karonga district environmental health officer Luis Tukulasaid the program will resume after the disease end.

He said chances are high that the disease may not end as soon as possible because it has now spread to the neighboring Tanzania.

Recently, the district health officials blamed the fishermen for the continuation of the disease.

Since the beginning of the disease in the district, 13 people have died and 235 cases have been registered.

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