Prioritise sanitation, hygiene as a top agenda, VP urges LGAs

08Dec 2017
James Kandoya
The Guardian
Prioritise sanitation, hygiene as a top agenda, VP urges LGAs

AS part of strategies to improve sanitation, hygiene and control epidemic diseases, Vice President Samia Suluhu Hassan has urged local government authorities to prioritise the matter and make it among the top agendas at all levels.

Vice President Samia Suluhu Hassan

According to the VP, epidemic diseases kill at least 83 people every day.

She made the remarks in Dodoma yesterday at the official launch of the National Sanitation Campaign Phase II (December 2017-june 2012) dubbed “Usichukulie Poa, Nyumba ni Choo”.

The VP informed that launching of phase II follows successfully implementation of phase I which has resulted into increased number of households, schools and health facilities with standard toilets.

She also directed the Ministry for Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children, Ministry for Water and Irrigation and Ministry for Education, Science and Technology to set aside funds for the sanitation campaign countrywide.

She said the new campaign aims to increase the number of households with standard toilets. She said the target is to have 5.6 million houses with standard toilets whereby 3.8 million houses are in rural and 1.8 million in urban areas.

VP noted that the government spends 440bn/- annually to treat people with diseases that could be prevented such as cholera and diarrhoea.

The sanitation campaign targets to reach pupils from 3,500 primary schools and 700 secondary schools in Tanzania mainland.

Globally, according to her, 1.7 billion people suffer from diarrhoea and related diseases whereas 1.8 million others die due to the disease. The deaths are equivalent to 4 people after every four minutes.

“It is time we start prioritising the matter at grassroots level…it is a shame to die from diseases the can be prevented,” she said mentioning the diseases as cholera and diarrhoea.

She said the government aims at achieving sustainable development goals (SDGs) specifically number 6 that among all insist on water and sanitation.

Minister for Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children, Ummy Mwalimu said the previous campaign increased the number of households with functioning toilets from 20 to 80 percent.

She said a total of 519,444 households had built toilets while the target was to let 600,000 households build standard toilets. She said that 700,000 households practice hand washing out of the targeted 800,000 households.

Deputy Minister for Water and Irrigation, Jumaaa Aweso said that his office will ensure that the number of people with access to clean water in urban reaches to 95 percent by 2021.

Speaking on behalf of development partners, Elizabeth Arthur urged stakeholders and the government to realise the goals of nation sanitation water campaign.

“We are proud of supporting the government to reach each its goals of achieving a nation with free epidemic diseases by 2012,” she insisted.

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