The global statistic indicating depletion in Water Resources as prompted concern from WaterAid Nigeria .This concern was raised at a market sensitization program on handwashing as a continuation of commemorating this year Global handwashing day.
They blamed the poor adoption of ineffective handwashing on inadequate water supply pointing out that actors in the Water Sanitation and hygiene sector have been working to ensure that the little water available are effectively deployed to improve well being of the Nigerian populace.
WaterAid Nigeria Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Manager Emmanuel Iorkumbur during the Handwashing sensitization program held at Garlic International Market, Abuja harped the need for market places to have adequate water supply for people to effectively practice handwashing to avert spread of disease and germs.
He pointed out that the random sampling carried out in the market revealed that inadequate water facilities stops people from washing their hands coupled with the fact that people don’t see any need for handwashing
He further stressed the need for Nigerians to prioritize their health as washing hands at critical times with soap and water help reduce transmission of germs and disease
“The call is for people to recognize the importance of water and effectively utilize it for their betterments and ensure that those who lack access to portable water supply are able to access it and stop drinking from unwholesome water supply channel, ” he added.
Also the Chief Scientific Officer Niigeria Ministry of Water Resources Yemisi Akpa pointed out that the awareness creation on the importance of handwashing at critical time would help reduce prevalence of WASH related diseases such as diarrhea, small pox among others.
She added that the Federal Ministry, Policy making institution has being supporting state and local government to achieve adequate water supply across the country and to also ensure they are are able to effectively supply water.
High point of the sensitization program was the competition to select Water Sanitation Hygiene champions in the market who are also expected to mobilize action to ensure effective handwashing in the market.
By Wale Elekolusi