Me­takha gewog to have 100% toi­let cov­er­age by year end

Business Bhutan - - Nation - Kr­ishna Ghal­ley from Phuentshol­ing

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.

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