Proper sanitation not just government responsibility: Kharuxab

16 Aug 2019 14:40pm
KEETMANSHOOP, 16 AUG (NAMPA) – The achievement of proper sanitation goals requires the government and also the community to play a role, the councillor of the Keetmanshoop Urban Constituency, Elias Kharuxab has said.
Kharuxab made the remark while handing over 17 toilets to the community of Klein Karas in the ||Kharas Region on Thursday.
“Our community members who are physically and financially able are required and encouraged to build their own toilets and not just wait for Government, let us all contribute in whatever small way,” he said.
Kharuxab said according to the 2015 Namibia Household Income and Expenditure Survey, only 54 per cent of households have access to improved sanitation.
He noted that the sanitation problem is particularly acute in rural areas where only 28 per cent of households have access to improved sanitation facilities and up to 71,5 per cent of households practice open defecation.
“Low access to improved sanitation constitutes a serious public health problem. In response, Government has devised targeted interventions that are aimed at arresting this undesirable state of affairs,” he said.
The regional councillor pointed out that since 2016, Government has managed to build 352 flushing toilets for the communities in Koës, Aroab and Klein Karas.
He went on to say the rural sanitation programme is aimed at improving the living standards, hygiene and health and most importantly to restore the dignity of those in rural areas.
“Our communities in rural areas are often forced to answer to the call of nature by using the bushes due to the limited access to the requisite facilities in comparison to their counterparts in urban areas, hence addressing this hygiene health condition also helps in protection of our environment,” said Kharuxab.