Muzara­bani vil­lages get open defe­ca­tion-free sta­tus

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Mashonaland Central & West News - Fun­gai Lu­pande Mash Cen­tral Bureau

MIN­IS­TER of State for Mashona­land Cen­tral Pro­vin­cial Af­fairs Ad­vo­cate Martin Dinha has com­mended non-gov­ern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tions for com­pli­ment­ing Gov­ern­ment ef­forts after four vil­lages in Muzara­bani at­tained Open Defe­ca­tion Free (ODF) sta­tus last Fri­day un­der a $4 mil­lion ru­ral Wa­ter, San­i­ta­tion and Hy­giene (WASH) pro­gramme be­ing funded by the United King­dom’s Depart­ment for In­ter­na­tional De­vel­op­ment (DFID).

The vil­lages are Mur­wira, Mu­ganhi, Chuhuri, Mu­tasa A and Mu­tasa B.

Speak­ing at Ka­p­ata­mukombe Pri­mary School in Muzara­bani, Adv Dinha said non-gov­ern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tion are not ene­mies but co­op­er­at­ing part­ners that help Gov­ern­ment.

“NGOs are not ene­mies but they are co­op­er­at­ing part­ners who com­pli­ment Gov­ern­ment’s ef­forts. Their work is im­por­tant and Gov­ern­ment can­not do all the work alone,” said Adv Dinha

“I am im­pressed that ev­ery house­hold here now has a toi­let, which is user friendly to the dis­abled and those lack­ing means are us­ing poles and mor­tar. It is a clean en­vi­ron­ment. San­i­ta­tion ac­tion groups must be the fo­cus now to en­sure sus­tain­abil­ity of the pro­gramme when the im­ple­menters leave.”

Adv Dinha do­nated five bore­holes to the com­mu­nity.

Dr Stanley Tape­sana, who was stand­ing in for the pro­vin­cial med­i­cal di­rec­tor said the ODF sta­tus is a mile­stone for the health fra­ter­nity, which will save Gov­ern­ment money on treat­ment of dis­ease out­breaks.

“This means there are ar­eas where you do not find hu­man waste be­cause it be­ing dis­posed safely in Blair toi­lets. There is a re­duc­tion in the trans­mis­sion of dis­eases for the gen­eral pub­lic.

“This is a big achieve­ment, which will serve Gov­ern­ment a lot of money. We look for­ward to other wards at­tain­ing this sta­tus,” he said.

Chair­man of the project, pro­vin­cial co­or­di­na­tor for District Devel- op­ment Fund (DDF) Mr Kenny Cle­mence Mtombo said the pro­gramme is tar­get­ing hard-to-reach com­mu­ni­ties, those af­fected by floods and drought and com­mu­ni­ties at risk of di­ar­rhoeal dis­eases and cholera.

“The pro­gramme is end­ing in Oc­to­ber this year and was ex­tended to Mashona­land Cen­tral, Mashona­land East and Man­i­ca­land, with a bud­get of $4 mil­lion per each prov­ince.

“Here the pro­gramme tar­gets four dis­tricts, which are Mt Dar­win, Mbire, Rushinga and Muzara­bani to en­sure that they have ac­cess to safe san­i­ta­tion fa­cil­i­ties and knowl­edge on safe hy­giene prac­tices,” said Mr Mtombo.

“By the end of the pro­gramme, 70 com­mu­ni­ties will be de­clared ODF, about 500 000 peo­ple should have ac­cess to clean wa­ter, 1 867 bro­ken down bore­holes will be re­paired and re­ha­bil­i­tated and four com­mu­nity man­aged piped wa­ter schemes will be re­ha­bil­i­tated.”

The pro­gramme is man­aged by UNICEF and other part­ners are World Vi­sion, Red Cross.

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