WaterAid says 3.9m Bauchi residents lack access to quality water

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By Rukayat Akanbi, Bauchi

WaterAid Nigeria has said that 3.9million residents of Bauchi State do not have access to Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH).

Speaking with newsmen on Monday, the Country Director of WaterAid Nigeria, Dr. Chichi Aniagolu-Okoye said: “In 2018, Bauchi State Primary Health Care Development Agency (BSPHCDA) reported that the state recorded 9, 725 cholera cases resulting in the death of 28 people with women recording the highest number of cases.”

The WaterAid Country Director, who was represented by the Acting Director of Programme, Mr. Mike Essien, lamented that the crises also affect schools and health centres.

While citing statistics of the Joint Monitoring Programme of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and international standard of tracking, she disclosed that lack of access to water, sanitation and hygiene, has led to the deaths of more 300 children every day in Nigeria.

Dr. Chichi stated that due to lack of access to water, sanitation and hygiene, Nigeria loses 1.3 per cent of the country’s Gross Domestic Products (GDP), representing N1.6 trillion.

She said: “According to UNICEF, the crisis contributes to the continuous outbreak of diseases like cholera and Lassa fever, increase in spread of anti-resistant infections acquired in unhygienic hospitals, lower levels of girl-child child education, stunting, wasting and poor cognitive development,” Aniagolu-Okoye said.

Dr. Chichi therefore called on elected officials in Bauchi State to honour their election campaign commitments and promises to improve water, sanitation and wash access during the course of their tenure in office.

The Water Aid Country Director, disclosed that the organisation was implementing the #KeepYourPromises campaign in collaboration with some civil society organisations in the state to create a platform through which the citizens will engage elected officials to demand for water, sanitation and health services in their communities.

She commended governor Mohammed of the state for being pro-active in addressing the water crisis in the state since assumption of office by convening a meeting international workers and agencies.

She noted that the governor did sign the Water Aid Nigeria pledge card as a demonstration of his commitment to improving access before his election and expressed confidence that his actions since coming into office demonstrates a political will to ensure the right policy is put in place to address the problem of water, sanitation and hygiene.

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  1. Adequate water supply should be made for them in the area because water is one of the essential basic need of life

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