NGO Tasks Kaduna Government on Building More Toilet for PHCs
NEWS DIGEST – A Non Governmental Organization (NGO), Nigeria Health Watch (NHW), tasks Kaduna State Government on building more toilet with improve Water, Sanitation and hygiene for Primary Health Care centers across the state.
The director of the Nigeria Health Watch program, Dr. Kemisola Agbaoye, made the call in Kaduna, during the presentation of findings from the assessment of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) services that took place in the State’s Primary Health Care centers on Wednesday.
The primary aim of conducting WASH assessment across the Primary Health Care centers within the state was to provide evidence for action that would drive improvement in the quality of service delivery in primary healthcare centres of Kaduna State, Dr Agbaoye explained.
According to her, the assessment was conducted in 39 Primary Health Care Centers located in rural and urban areas across the 23 local government areas of the state.
“The findings indicated that 84 per cent of the health facilities use water from boreholes while 50 per cent of the water was sourced outside the facility.”
Agbaoye also said that 72 per cent of the water was not being treated before use in the facilities, adding that 95 per cent of the facilities were equipped with toilet facilities.
Dr Bashar Abubakar, community engagement manager of the NGO, commended Kaduna State Government for it’s efforts so far, adding that much needed to be done to improve the quality of WASH services within the state.
“The assessment shows we are doing well in most of the areas, but there is need for improvement to address all identified gaps”, Says Mr. Hamza Ikara, director, Disease Control, Kaduna State Primary Health Care Board (KDSPHCB) while thanking the organization for providing critical data on the state of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in the state primary healthcare centers.
“I want to assure you that the Kaduna state government is committed to improving the quality of service in its health facilities. We will do the best we can to implement all the recommendations in the report for improved service delivery for the betterment of the people in the state,” Ikara said.