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Access to safe water, public toilets promised

Access to safe water, public toilets promised

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Nov 24, 2016 - 22:08

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): A three-day conference on sanitation concluded on Thursday in Kabul and through a resolution the participants stressed Afghans’ continued access to clean drinking water.

The first conference of its kind was jointly organized by the ministries of rural rehabilitation, public health, education and urban development.

Officials from UNICEF and some other government organs also attended the event that began on Tuesday and concluded today.

Access to healthy water, better sanitation and good nutrition were key points of the resolution letter signed by the mentioned organs at the conference, according to the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD).

MRRD deputy minister Ahmad Shahir Shahryar told the conference that under the resolution, all ministries were responsible to continuously implement their commitments to providing clean drinking water to Afghan citizens.

Besides working on above issues, all ministries were responsible to make programs for addressing public toilets’ scarcity and increase people’s access to healthy water.

Shahryar said government organs that participated in the conference pledged to construct public toilets and sanitation facilities in all crowded areas, particularly in schools and hospitals.

“We are trying to increase people’s access to clean water from 58 percent to 76 percent through the National Citizen Charter (NCC) program over the next four years,” he said.

Deputy public healthinfo-icon minister, Bashir Noormal, said his ministry was committed to making every effort at equally providing healthy water and cleanliness facilities to all people.

According to MRRD, 42 percent of Afghans lack access to clean drinking water and 19 percent defecate in public areas due to the lack of public toilet facilities.

MRRD Minister Nasir Ahmad Durrani told the conference said a Central Statistics Organization (CSO) assessment in 1393 solar year showed only 58 percent of Afghans had access to potable water.

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