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Photo: UNICEF WASH Specialist Abdi Hassan and) Country Chief of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Andrew Trevett in Busia on Friday.

UNICEF UNDERSCORES IMPORTANCE OF MULTI-SECTORAL FORUMS

United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) Country Chief of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Andrew Trevett has underscored the importance of multi-Sectoral Forums.

Speaking at the quarterly Wash Sector Forum at BUWASSCO Boardroom in Busia Town on Friday, Trevett said such quarterly WASH forums avoid duplication of efforts and helps us to know what is happening in one corner of the County to the other.

The Forums allows us to discuss emergency preparations such as floods and drought, and best practices in the sector whether water supply, sanitation or hygiene. “Having 30 brains thinking about a problem and trying to solve it is better than one,” he said.

The WASH Chief said the aim of the quarterly meetings is to review progress against targets, establish standard agenda and thematic discussions on water quality and sanitation in the county.

The Forum drew participants from KIWASH, Wolrd Vision, Sustainet, AMREF/FINISH INC, EVIDENCE ACTION, VESTA GUARD and BUCODEV. They were joined by County   Directors of Water, Health, Education, Environment, NEMA, Metrological Department and BUWASSCO.

County Executive Committee Member for Education and Vocational Training John Mwami said the department will strive to improve learning environment and sanitation facilities for ECDE.

He said Community Health Volunteers are doing a commendable job thus the need to capacity build and facilitate them. “They are better placed to reach out to parents on the need to buy tissue papers for their children in primary schools and ensure cleanliness,” he said. 

County Director Health Services Dr Melsa Lutomia said the issue of jigger infestation is very rampant in the county. “When schools used to have mud floors the issue of jiggers were unheard off. It’s a mystery it’s now rampant with cement floors,” she said, adding that the issue could be that classrooms are only swept and not cleaned.

Acting Chief Officer for Water, Environment and Natural Resources Moses Weunda said the Sh1.2billion Malaba project will solve the water and sanitation challenges facing the border town and its environs.

He said the Kenya Devolution Support Program (KDSP) will incorporate hybrid system where both solar and electricity will be used for the Mundika Water Supply, adding that the projects will be completed by June, 2019.

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