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Diarrhoea child patient 300x225United Nation’s Children Fund (UNICEF) has declared that about 194,000 children under the age of 5 die annually in Nigeria due to diarrhoea. The UNICEF Chief Field Officer for Katsina State, Ms Padmovatahe Yelda stated this while presenting five Hilux vehicles for the implementation of Sanitation, Hygiene and Water In Nigeria (SHAWN) project in Katsina State. Ms Yelda said diarrhoea was responsible for the death of 1.3 million children every year, across the globe adding that UNICEF was determined to address the challenge. She said the decision to implement the SHAWN programme was aimed at providing access to safe drinking water and sanitation so as to reduce water borne diseases. According to Yvelda, UNICEF has sunk 888 hand pumps and 129 motorised boreholes in communities across 11 participating local government areas of Katsina State under the SHAWN programme.

She added that the SHAWN project has provided 33,000 household latrine to attain open defecation free status in 1,467 communities in Katsina State. She however appealed for prompt payment of N142 million and N179 million counterpart funding of Katsina State government and the 11participating council areas respectively just as she stressed the need for systematic monitoring and supervision to ensure dutiful implementation of the programme. In an address, the Katsina State Governor Aminu Bello Masari lauded development partners for supporting in provision of water and clean environment assuring that the state would support all efforts at improving lives of the people. Governor Masari, however, made case for a flexible mode of paying the counterpart funding stating that fulfilling the counterpart funding agreement signed may not be possible due to dwindling revenue accruing to the state.

Source: Leadership Online


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