With an increase in cholera cases in some SADC countries, the Directorate of Health in the Otjozondjupa Region has launched an awareness campaign to educate communities about the disease.

The campaign targets schools, rural areas, and peri-urban areas identified as at-risk communities.

An environmental health practitioner in the Otjiwarongo District, Olivia Mbambi, said during a visit to Karundu Primary School that the awareness campaign is a proactive measure by the ministry to empower communities with knowledge about cholera.

"We have been busy with a campaign on cholera to ensure that the community is equipped with the right information and knowledge for them to understand the importance of safe and clean water as well as proper sanitation. By doing this campaign, we are making sure that we are sensitising the community to the importance of WASH, which includes handwashing and sanitation. We chose to do it in schools because children will distribute the message quickly. They will catch and share with their community.''

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