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Malawi: Castel Malawi in Cholera Sensitization Drive

As cholera cases keep rising in the country, Castel Malawi has taken up an initiative to sensitize its workers on prevention of the rampaging outbreak and the urgent need to be vaccinated.

The country’s leading brewers and distillers, Castel Malawi has partnered with the Ministry of Health through District Health Offices (DHOs) who visited their premises in Liwonde, Lilongwe, Mzuzu and Blantyre for such exercises.

Speaking after a session at its headquarters in Blantyre, Castel Malawi’s Human Resources and Corporate Affairs Director, Gloria Zimba said they joined the government’s efforts to fight the disease because they value the lives of their employees, their families, and the customers.

“As part of the Castel Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives Health and Safety is one of the 6 pillars and caring for our employees’ health is paramount. We believe that Castel Malawi is a very critical part of the population of Malawi since we carter our products across the whole country. Blantyre city is one the hotspots of cholera and we know that most of our employees come from some of the locations that have been hardest hit in the city.”

“So, we felt that we should take up the initiative of sensitizing our employees as well as encouraging taking of the OCV. We took up this initiative following the call from the Malawi Government that they want the private sector to partner with them in the combat against cholera,” said Zimba.

“Although these are our employees, they also belong to the society, so we believe that those employees who have taken their oral vaccine will go home and will encourage their family members to visit the clinics for their own vaccines, because they are also vulnerable,” added Zimba.

Zimba also disclosed that the company is in talks with some selected town and city councils to extend cholera prevention item donations to a few main markets to ensure hygiene in the markets which are usually congested and have dry taps, which creates a breeding ground for the disease.

“Some donations will be done for some selected health centers in liaison with the DHO’s as well. As a corporate citizen, we believe we need to give back to society. This time around, Castel Malawi wants to be a friend indeed.”

“We have also distributed hand sanitizers to our employees to ensure they are always safe. We have also intensified cleanliness within our working environment by providing chlorine to our cleaners and trained them on proper usage as they are frequently disinfecting all places that are always in contact with people,” said Zimba.