WaterAid Nigeria plans to reach about 2.7 million people in Bauchi State with hygiene behaviour change promotion messages to curb the spread of Covid-19 and other infectious diseases threatening public health.
Mashat Mallo, Pprogramme Monitoring and Evaluation resource officer of the organization dropped this hint in Bauchi at the launch of the third phase of the scale-up hygiene project being implemented by WaterAid in partnership with HEINEKEN Africa Foundation HAF.
“The project objectives are to influence communities and the public to adopt key hygiene behaviours that will help curb the spread of infectious diseases like Covid-19 through the installation of contactless and inclusive hand washing facilities in strategic locations as well as influence government stakeholders to prioritize WASH access as part of a sustained and effective integrated approach for dealing with the pandemic,” he added.
Mr. Mallo said during the first and second phases of the project, WaterAid installed 65 inclusive permanent hand-washing Facilities in health centres, schools and public places with some distributed to marginalized communities to help curb the spread of the disease.
He disclosed further that under the nine-month phase 3 project which would be implemented through the mass media and community based campaigns, five additional Hand Washing facilities would also be installed in strategic locations, urging the state rural water supply agency RUWASA to leverage existing community structures for the sustainability of the project.
Engr. Ibrahim Yusuf, the acting General Manager of RUWASA hailed WaterAid for its Community driven strategy which has helped his agency to achieve success in the current campaign for hygiene behaviour change in the state particularly in the Rural Communities.
Malama Asamau Yahaya, who represented persons with disabilities, said, “we will continue to encourage our members to adopt hand-washing at critical times as a permanent habit”.