Wed, Jan 19, 2022

Zambian boarding schools contributing yo deforestation

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By Alick Sinkala

Most Zambian boarding schools have been reported to be using fire wood as the main source of power in terms of cooking though electric power works as a supplement. This has been encouraging deforestation in the country which is the cutting down of trees. Even when various campaigns and sensitization programs have been going on around, schools have continued to be the major players in this. Luwingu Boarding Secondary School as our example was opened in 1966 and up to date it has continued to cut down a lot of trees just for a single term to pass and in order for the pupils to have their three meals daily. Climate change mitigation highly depend on the trees. The birds and other living creatures have been left without homes as they occupy trees for their inhabitation. The government should find the new means of addressing this challenge

Poor and unhygienic mask disposal a menace in Zimbabwe’s second largest city

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by Yollander Millin

Mask disposal is proving to be a problematic phenomenon in Bulawayo suburbs as recently discovered. While the pandemic continues to co-exist with the people, and with speculation of the 4th wave in the not so distant future, the carefree manner in which face masks are being thrown around needs to be addressed urgently as this is not only a pollution issue but a potential case of virus spread.

Since the beginning of the school term, children from Mahatshula primary school have on several occasions been caught picking up the poorly disposed masks and wearing them without knowledge of who pre-owned them, which raises concern about the coronavirus spreading.

Disposable masks are now easily available and accessible on roadside markets, costing ZW$10 each as compared to the US$28 a box that the government was invoiced in the Drax scandal.

Despite this rising concern, the lack of implementation of already existing COVID-19 policies, such as the lack of enforcement of punitive action for not wearing masks correctly, encourages the lack of confidence in the Government taking any action to have the matter resolved.

There needs to a collective initiative towards addressing COVID-19 related matters and the law enforcement agencies are encouraged to enforce laws and policies, holding each citizen accountable for their actions without fear or favor.

Poor disposal of diapers, a heath hazard for Malawans

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By Zione James

What seemed to be a solution and a welcomed development to Malawians, including people residing around Liwonde township turns out to have gradual detrimental impacts on the ecosystem.

Baby diapers, is now a fast growing trend amongst modern women as they save time and energy of washing the traditional nappies. However, the major problem surrounding diapers is poor disposal. However, what seemed to be the way to go is actually culminating into a health hazard to many especially those along water bodies like rivers. Not so long ago, people were drinking river water without any health problems.

Many a times, most people, especially mothers, have simply gone into a habit of having an accumulation of used diapers in a plastic bag for a week or so and later dump the bag anywhere, anyhow without taking into consideration the negative lasting impact to many aspects of life in the ecosystem.

Marrium Tambula, a mother of a newly born baby says that on her part, she makes sure all the used diapers are dried before setting them on fire as a means of disposing the diapers. “I always make sure I have put the diapers in the sun for a day and later come to set fire on the dried ones, it works. Perhaps if my fellow women would follow suit we can reduce the hazards and make our residences clean.”

Machinga Environmental Officer, Andrew Hamuza, bemoaned the tendency of throwing used baby diapers anywhere, anyhow. “As the world is now migrating to good practices by making sure no more plastics are buried in the soils where people depend on for food production, there is need to properly dispose diapers because they are non biodegradable. Apart from causing land pollution, diapers if disposed in the water bodies can make water unsafe for drinking. This is a man-made disaster which is not fair and need to be halted before it even escalates,” Machinga said.

Negligence causing malaria spike in Machinga, Malawi

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by Tadala Chiomba

T/A Mposa is one of the areas in Machinga, Malawi doing well in rice farming of which the farming fields are usually waterlogged leading to water stagnation. The majority of the stagnant water is a habitat for mosquitoes which hatches into millions of mosquitoes. Some deaths in the area have been due to malaria hence making it almost impossible to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 3 which aspires to ensure good health and well-being for all which Malawi committed.

According to Elisha Raphael, Mposa health worker said that the main cause of this problem is ignorance and negligence among people in the community as they are making unnecessary holes and deep pits knowingly pretty well that it is almost rain season despite the waterlogged fields which are already rooms for mosquitoes. He said it is a concern to the whole community since everyone living in this area is affected.

He further said that, him and his fellow health workers are encouraging communities to get rid of pits around their homes that are likely to contain water over a period. He said communities should avoid having stagnant water around their houses as they are about to distribute mosquito nets and deliver key messages on malaria disease prevention. Hopefully, in 2022 they will register low malaria cases compared to this year.

Negative myths and misconceptions about family planning – a barrier to modern contraception use by youths in Nsanje, Malawi

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By Merrie Phiri

Most of the girls in Nsanje District in Malawi are not accessing Family Planning Methods in the hospitals due to misconceptions over PFM.

Speaking during District Youth Network Meeting, Family Planning Coordinator in Nsanje, Mr Chatambalala Chifundo, said that most of the young people believe that using Family Planning Methods can reduce sexual feelings and cause infertility.

However, Chatambalala pleaded with stakeholders and government to work hand in hand by promoting civic education concerning Sexual Productivity and the use of Family Planning Methods in the district .


NGOs step in to address the plight of internally displaced children in Zimbabwe

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by Yollander Millin

Internally displaced children in Bulawayo have in the month of October begun benefiting from the engagement of civil society organizations and other non governmental organisations (NGOs) that have stepped up to address the rise in food insecurity and malnutrition. The initiative came about as a reaction to the negligence by social welfare and local authority, especially when the impact of COVID 19 had worsened their already dire state. The collaboration of various NGOs and CSOs has set up soup kitchens for the children in their communities as a reaction to their welfare and communities being overlooked and not catered for in the food aid programs even after COVID-19 has ravaged communities. The government through the Ministry of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare in conjunction with relevant departments must ensure that the welfare of internally displaced children is fully catered for.

Victims of man made and of nature

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by Rapule Moiloa

Reverlea is a township located in the south of joburg and it is one of the community’s in the south with issues of health because of mine dumps just like Diepkloof, Meadowlands and snake park. Facing other issues of natural disaster regarding past days or months rain has affected the community badly the community is forced to stay indoors because of flooding in the street and these only happens when it rains heavily.

Last week Thursday the affected residents had a meeting with COJ officials regarding the flooding of water and the word that came out is the Councillor is supposed to help or assist the affected community instead individuals want to take over these project. People are affected and suffering people want to feel their pockets with money rather than thinking about the poor, the affected and troubled but not in South Africa.

There are alot of issues around these project for the Councillor also wants to hijack these project its been years we’ve been complaining regarding these issues and yes we cannot control nature but something can be done to help the poor, the affected and the troubled I’m told.

Durban can be a hotspot OF COVID-19

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By Mmabore Mogashoa

Durban is a place that is visited by many during festive season and this year it will be the same. Young and old go to the beach, sit in groups and swim together. Some walk holding hands and others hugging. Covid19 is still a problem. People don’t wear masks and comes from different places. After the festive season they will be returning back home/work to different provinces/countries. Who is responsible to check if Covid19 rules are followed. Once there is more infections it will be a big problem for us. We don’t want to go back to lockdown again.

Clean healthy environment for kids to play

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by Rapule Moiloa

Clean healthy environment for kids to play be it at home or at the parks away from home is what we need for kids and everyone. Unfortunately for kids playing or wanting to enjoy themselves out side but play at a park that has a sewage running where they play every single day it is not healthy. Makhura Street Park is at Diepkloof zone 4 Soweto that is poorly developed, kids uses the park each day regardless of the situation at the park and also adults uses the park for a gym using out door gym equipment and at the same time sewage water running. These puts the health of everyone at risks.

Further easing of lockdown worrying

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By Rapule Moiloa

Further easing of lockdown has opened alot of things as it is summer and it is spring, people are socializing and there will be many gatherings and meetings.

Diepkloof extreme park in zone 5 has welcomed kids and parents but there was no social distancing for both children and their parents and these shows it is summer and people think we are cleared from the pandemic.

The easing of lockdown to level 2 was not said we over the pandemic and people should stop practicing social distancing even wearing their masks though cases of the pandemic are decreasing but still we must be act in a responsible manner to keep on saving life’s.