Metakha gewog to have 100% toilet coverage by year end
In what could be a major milestone in terms of health and sanitation, Metakha gewog, one of the remotest gewogs in Chhukha dzongkhag, will have 100% toilet coverage by this month end.
The gewog has presently achieved more than 99% sanitary toilet coverage after completing the construction of toilets in 110 households in the gewog.
This has been possible after the gewog administration made it compulsory for rural households to construct toilets providing materials worth Nu 560,000 from traders in Phuentsholing. The administration provided cement, conglomerated galvanized sheet (CGI) sheets and other hardware to the villagers in advance, which will be borne later by the villagers. The construction has started from mid-August and ended this week.
Metakha gup Passang Tshering said that the gewog has now achieved 100% toilet coverage in every household.
“Some works are under progress and our aim is to achieve 100% by the end of December 2018,” the gup added.
Passang Tshering said that the toilets being one of the important components of promoting good health would play a vital role in the gewog.
“We have been creating awareness of having proper toilet in every household and now we have achieved it. It will have greater impact on people’s lives,” he added.
Meanwhile, the Dzongkhag administration had arranged for transportation of raw materials to the gewog to build the toilets. And now every household owns a sanitary toilet in the gewog. The villagers are planning to start using the toilets after the Dzongda’s visit this month.
The work to initiate the toilets began following the Population and Housing Census 2017 report, which reported Chhukha as the poorest dzongkhag in terms of health and sanitation.
The Deputy Chief Dzongkhag Health Officer, Gopal Hingmang said the dzongkhag had aimed to achieve 100% sanitary toilet coverage in all the gewogs by 2019.
“Metakha gewog has initiated the work promising for completion by December end. The gewog has worked hard to achieve despite being a remote gewog. Metakha gewog has worked extra hard,” he said, adding that they are also working hard to achieve the target of having sanitary toilet in every household in the dzongkhag.