Malawi News Agency (Lilongwe)

8 March 2014

Malawi: Chinese Govt Hands Over 600 Boreholes to Malawi Govt

Chiradzulu — Minister of Water Development and Irrigation Anita Kalinde has hailed the Chinese Government for supporting Malawi in water and sanitation, saying the development will help check outbreak of water born related diseases in the country.

Kalinde said this Thursday at Masanjala Primary School in Chiradzulu District where Chinese Government handed over 600 drilled boreholes to government of Malawi. Chiradzulu has received 100 boreholes.

The minister said many communities have been craving for access to clean water but that had been hampered by lack of reliable water facilities.

"Government has been providing clean water across the country. But due to ever increasing demand for the same, it (government) has been facing challenges," said the Minister adding that the boreholes will go a long way to compliment government's efforts of providing people with clean water.

The Minister therefore urged communities to guard against vandalism of the facilities to demonstrate their gratefulness to the donors.

She also urged water points committees to be vigilant in mobilizing resources from beneficiaries for maintenance once the facilities break up.

In his remarks, Chinese Ambassador to Malawi Pan Hejun said the water project is one of the projects his government has implemented in the country to improve the living standards of the Malawians in communities.

Besides the boreholes, the Chinese government has among others built Lilongwe teachers Training College, provided support to safe motherhood project and, the Chinese government is also constructing a state of the art Stadium in Lilongwe.

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