Total sanitation coverage must for eradicating diseases stressed

Total sanitation coverage must for eradicating diseases stressed

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Collective efforts of all government and non-government agencies concerned including the community people has become an urgent need for attaining hundred percent sanitation coverage for the sake of freeing people from various air and water borne diseases.To this end, time has come to transform the sanitation campaign into social movement with mass-participation for building a healthy society. There is no alternative to make the ongoing sanitation campaign a total success.The observations came at an orientation held in the conference hall of Rajshahi City Corporation (RCC) here yesterday afternoon. RCC organized the meeting to mark the National Sanitation Month October and World Hand Washing Day-2015.Main thrust of the programme was to gear up the ‘National Sanitation Campaign for all’. “Sanitation for All must for Improved Life” was the main slogan of the discussion.Nizam-Ul Azim, Mayor-in-Charge of RCC, addressed the programme as chief guest with Chief Executive Officer Ajahar Ali in the chair. Secretary Syeda Zebin Nissa Sultana, Chief Conservatory Officer Sheikh Mamun and Ward Councilors Abu Bakkar, Sohrab Hossain, Ruhul Amin and Kamruzzaman also spoke.Nizam-Ul Azim said the hygiene and sanitation campaign should be successful for the sake of keeping the environment free from pollution side by side with saving people from being infected with numerous air and water-borne diseases.He opined that motivation and involvement of the affluent section of the society in the campaign would help reduce dependence on government allocation and foreign aid to this effect.The field level government officials and public representatives were urged to engage community and religious leaders at the grassroots in the campaign so that it could be turned into a social movement.Terming the schoolboys and girls as the most vulnerable to worm infection, he called for making them aware about health hygiene and using sanitary latrine together with proper hand washing before taking meal.Success of total hygienic sanitation programme depended on its sustainability and the NGOs, members of civil society and affluent people would have to play the key role side by side with government efforts to make the programme a success, Azim added.Around 85 persons including officers and staff of RCC and DPHE, public representatives, development activists, students and members of the civil society attended the meeting.BSS from Rajshahi

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