Kawambwa, 13 August, 2014, ZANIS……Government has called for more concerted efforts and a change of mindset if the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) on Water and Sanitation is to be attained.
Kawambwa District Commissioner Ivo Mpasa has called for positive behavioral change among people towards issues of water and sanitation if the country is to achieve the MDG number seven.
The District Commissioner said this today when he officially opened a three- day workshop on Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) and School Led Total Sanitation (SLTS) held at Wiza Lodge in Kawambwa district.
Mr. Mpasa said Government is keen to ensure that the process of identifying the problems and the solutions for good sanitation is participatory and truly owned by Zambians.
He said it was the aim of government to ensure that all Zambians have access to safe water supply and proper sanitation by the year 2030.
He also stressed that there is need for adequate sanitation facilities, safe drinking water and good hygiene practices if diseases such as cholera and typhoid can be prevented.
Mr. Mpasa said government has adopted the Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) approach as one of the effective methods to achieve the Millennium Development Goal number seven on Water and Sanitation.
The District Commissioner said CLTS entails the analysis of the sanitation profile of communities, their practices of defecation, as well as the consequences of open defecation.
He said the method enables the Community members to take collective action to become open defecation free (ODF).
He said there is also need to educate school going children in good hygiene and sanitation behaviour.
Mr. Mpasa added that the development will not only impact positively on the children’s educational potential but also promote behaviour change in the communities.
The Workshop has drawn participants from Kawambwa and Mwansabombwe districts and among those in attendance are community champions, extension officers and heads of government departments.