A non-governmental organisation (NGO), Save the Children International, has called for the speedy approval of the Lagos State Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) policy.
This, the body said, is because of its implications for achieving the SDG-6 targets, aimed at ensuring sustainable management of water and sanitation and public health, especially in women and children.
Its Area Operations Manager, (Lagos and Cross River), Mr. Roy Chikwem, spoke during this year’s WED in Lagos.
Chikwem, whose organisation partnered the state government for the celebration, said it had become important to create awareness for the protection of the environment as there would not be a society, if the environment was destroyed.
He explained that his organisation’s mandate is to ensure children’s protection, survival, development and their participation, adding that the NGO management is sad to see the effect a poor environment is having on them.
He said this had led to the spread of childhood illness, such as malaria, diarrhoea, cholera, typhoid and pneumonia, which account for large percentages of under-five deaths in the country and other low-income countries.
Chikwem noted that while the the environment affects the management and control of Childhood Diarrhoea Disease (CDD), the organisation is convinced that by ensuring improved quantity and quality of water in households and promoting community sanitation, CDD would be reduced.
“It is our hope that this year’s WED will reawaken our consciousness to the impact of individual, community, and government action on the environment. For if we all take responsibility for our environment and keep it clean and safe then we will have cleaner environment, safer water, lesser disease burdens, more money for families, improved living conditions and a prosperous future for our children,” Chikwem said.
Through the group’s Stop Diarrhoea Initiative (SDI) project,he said the organisation has continued to collaborate with the government and other key actors to push for the development,adequate-resourcing and operationalisation of articulated strategic frameworks and implementation plans that address key elements of UNICEF-WHO Seven-Point Plan for the control and prevention of Diarrhoea, particularly those addressing the environment, at national and state The Save the Children International is an international NGO that treats children globally in over 120 countries for over 80 years.
It has been working in Nigeria since 2001 and has offices and programmes in Lagos, Katsina, Sokoto, Jigawa, Gombe, Bauchi, Kaduna, Kebbi, Borno, Kano, and Plateau, among others.