Success in sanitation improves rural health indexes: Speakers

Success in sanitation improves rural health indexes: Speakers

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The tremendous success achieved in sanitation coverage has improved all public health indexes in rural areas in the country in recent years, speakers at a post-rally discussion said on Sunday afternoon.
At the same time, improved sanitation facilities with access to pure drinking water for the rural people have reduced the extent of water-borne diseases and child deaths pushing the nation further ahead towards the path of progress and prosperity, they said.Upazila administration, Department of Public Health Engineering, NGO Forum for Public Health and Mohideb Jubo Samaj Kallyan Samity (MJSKS) jointly organised the discussion on ‘National Sanitation Campaign October-2013’ at Chilmari upazila parishad auditorium in Kurigram. Earlier, a colourful rally, participated by the upazila level GO-NGO officials, public representatives, teachers, students, professionals, journalists, socio-cultural activists, civil society members and local
elite, was brought out in the upazila town.With Chilmari UNO Mamun-Ul-Hassan in the chair, Chilmari upazila chairman Shawkat Ali Sarker, Bir Bikram, addressed the discussion as the chief guest.Centre Monitoring Officer of MJSKS Majibur Rahman, its Field Programme Assistant Akmal Hossain, Filed Manager Rashedul Islam and Editor of the Weekly Juger Khabar SM Nurul Amin Sarker, addressed among others. The speakers said sanitation status is directly linked to public health as well as human life and the total sanitation system has emerged as an important development and policy issue now at the national, regional and global levels. They said poor sanitation system always causes ill health to parents, especially to mothers, also affecting child health directly through spreading water-borne diseases like diarrhoea, cholera, dysentery, jaundice, etc afflicting people in many ways. The chief guest said over 90 per cent people have attained required sanitation standard and only four per cent people now defecate in open places now in Bangladesh where an intensified campaign is underway to achieve cent percent sanitation coverage soon.He called upon all concerned to work hard for achieving set targets of the MDGs by 2015 and ensure sanitary latrine for all through hectic GO-NGO efforts with the assistances of the development partners and
other organisations. -BSS, Rangpur

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