WaterAid, UNICEF charge Bauchi residents on hand washing, want adequate funding for WASH

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Rukayat Akanbi, Bauchi

WaterAid Nigeria and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) have charged residents of Kirfi local council on hand washing practice to prevent ‘minor’ diseases that are claiming the lives of the citizens.

The NGOs in collaboration with Ministry of Water Resources and Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency have launched a campaign tagged ‘Clean Family’ to mark this year’s Global Hand Washing Day.

WaterAid claimed that about 3.9million residents of the State lack Water, Sanitation and Hygiene facilities which it said contributing to outbreak of diseases like cholera, lassa fever and lowering level of girl-child education.

Country Representative of WaterAid, Chichi Okoye said “I am calling on the state government and the ministry of water resources to ensure increased investment and focus on providing public and institutional facilities that can cater for the needs of residents.

“Ministries of education, health, environment, relevant department and agencies need to prioritise WASH access in their policies and frameworks and contribute more for a better Bauchi.”

Also, UNICEF urged the state to be more committed to funding directed to WASH facilities. According to the Agency, Bauchi is a leading state in the implementation of WASH related intervention in Nigeria.

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