BASG Releases N200m For Boreholes Construction

Bauchi state government says it has released the sum of N200 million
counterpart funds for the construction of 380 Hand Pump boreholes in
rural communities.

This was disclosed by UNICEF’s chief of field office, Dr Abdulai
Kaikai, during in a symposium organized by UNICEF to commemorate World
Water Day with the Theme: “Water and Waste Water.

The programme which was in collaboration with the Bauchi Radio
Corporation (BRC) and other stakeholders, Kaikai said the gesture will
sustain the continuation of the implementation of the Sanitation,
Health And Water in Nigeria (SHAWN) project.

Represented by UNICEF Bauchi Field Office Communication for
Development Officer, Hajia Hauwa Hassan, the chief of field office
urged the state government to continue to plan for changes in safe
water availability and demand in the coming years.

The Managing Director of BRC Hajia Liman Jummai Bello, urged media
practitioners to advocate for best policies and practices in terms of
domestic and community management of water resources and to use their
tools in changing the attitude of the people.

The Bauchi State Commissioner for Water Resources, Alhaji Ghali
Abdulhameed, disclosed that the state government and the DFID through
UNICEF under the SHAWN project have provided 2,256 hand pump boreholes
and 37 motorized boreholes in several rural communities.

World Water Day: PACFaH Urges FG To Tackle Water Borne Diseases

As the world marks the World Water Day, Partnership for Advocacy in
Child and Family Health (PACFaH) has urged the federal government and
relevant stakeholders to help tackle water borne disease.

Speaking on the theme of the conference: “Why Waste Water? Clean Water
Prevents Diarrhoea and Saves Lives” the programme director operations,
Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), Pharmacist Ayuba Ibrahim said
that he was optimistic that the implementation of the

advocacy requests will drastically reduce the unfavourable childhood
mortality from water-borne diseases such as diarrhea in the country.

Pharmacist Ibrahim maintained that by mainstreaming diarrhoea in
national and state health planning, preventable and treatable child
deaths from diarrhoea can be achieved in Nigeria.

The national coordinator, Association for the Advancement of Family
Planning (AAFP) Mrs. Chinwe Onumonu stressed the need to increase the
uptake of family planning commodities and services.

”More mothers will be alive and healthy to cater for their children.
Fulfilling the 2012 London Family Planning Summit commitments made by
the Nigerian government will lead to increased access to family
planning commodities and services.

”By increasing the overall 2017 health budget and in family planning
interventions, annual commitment of $11.5 million,” she said.

Speaking to newsmen the Program director, Federation of Muslims Women
Association of Nigeria (FOMWAN), Hajiya Farida Yusuf lamented that
malnourished children cannot fight off water-borne diseases such as
diarrhea, saying they are even more susceptible to diarrhoea episodes.

”Scaling-up nutrition is a sure way to win the fight against
childhood diarrhea,” she said. ELANZANEWS.M

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