The Country Director of WaterAid in Nigeria, Evelyn Mere has advised Governments at all levels to ensure increased investment in Water and Sanitation Hygiene so as to check the spread of disease and guarantee safe and healthy society.
The advice came during a virtual meeting organized for journalists, CSOs and other relevant stakeholders by WaterAid Nigeria.
It Was gathered that at least twenty one million Nigerians have received support to protect themselves against COVID-19 and other infectious diseases through WaterAid’s Scale-Up Hygiene projects carried out in Bauchi, Benue, Ekiti, Enugu, Kaduna and Oyo states recently.
At the virtual meeting, the Heineken Africa Foundation, WaterAid Nigeria, civil society organizations and the government celebrated a seven-month project that expanded hygiene access for marginalized and vulnerable communities in Bauchi, Benue, Ekiti, Enugu, Kaduna and Oyo states.
The non governmental organization said that 284 million naira Scale-Up Hygiene project was targeted at supporting government’s efforts in curbing the spread of the coronavirus disease through large-scale hygiene promotion, and provision of handwashing facilities to support the practice of good hygiene in the states of intervention.
About two hundreds non-contact and inclusive handwashing facilities were installed in healthcare facilities, schools and public places to support the practice of good hygiene.
Additionally, hygiene packs containing face masks and soap were distributed to 29,000 households and 7,200 people with disabilities in the states of intervention.