WaterAid in collaboration with the Lagos State Government has launched a Sanitation and Hygiene Improvement Project to entrench hygienic behaviour amongst the vulnerable in the state.
WaterAid is an international not-for-profit organization determined to make clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene normal for everyone.
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The representative of the Country Manager, WaterAid/ Kimberly Clark, Mr. Ukeme Essien, at the launch of the project in Lagos said the project is aimed at achieving safe services in focused geographic areas in order to influence wider change and also prioritise Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) across the health sector to improve public health.
He disclosed that the project is targeted at beneficiaries including 20,000 mothers as well as pregnant and lactating women, who would be provided with hygiene kits and context-specific hygiene promotion activities.
Also, 5,000 secondary school girls would be reached with hygiene kits, hygiene promotion and menstrual hygiene education, while 3,000 other entities would benefit from rehabilitated sanitation facilities.
The purpose of the launch according to Essien is to bring together all Kimber WASH project stakeholders in the state to understand the concept and deliverables of the project.
Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Environment and Water Resources, Office of Drainage Services, Engr. Nurudeen Shodeinde, in his address at the launch of the project noted that the programme was designed to educate the residents of two select Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs), including Ikorodu North and Ojodu, on good hygiene.
Shodeinde, represented by the Director, Drainage Enforcement and Compliance, Engr. Mahmood Adegbite, said the project entails disseminating knowledge and explaining hygiene practices as well as their associated health hazards to low-income populations, stating that the goal of the project is to raise hygiene awareness among people in the target communities, with a focus on hygiene education for women and girls.
He assured the public that Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu would continue to fund important projects aimed at revitalising the Water Sanitation and Hygiene sector in the state.
He said for Lagos to become a healthy and productive society capable of contributing to the nation’s long-term development, everyone must focus on hygiene and appreciate its importance.
Lagos, according to him achieved accelerated development in the WASH sector by engaging several partners including federal and local agencies, WaterAid Nigeria, stakeholders in academia, development partners and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs).
“The State Planning and Implementation Committee (SPIC) would be inaugurated and its members drawn from different sectors to ensure the successful monitoring of the programme, while also carrying out advocacy at both the State and Local Government/Local Council Development Areas (LG/LCDAs)”, the Permanent Secretary stated.