Safe water, improved sanitation essential in people’s health

The Government of The Gambia recognises that safe water; improved sanitation and hygiene are essential in achieving the improvement of people’s health and development and in contributing to the attainment of goal-7 and 7c of the MDGs.

These were the words of Yam Bamba Njie-Keita, the deputy permanent secretary at the Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, Water Resource, Parks and Wildlife on Friday at a daylong forum, organised by AGUAINC, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare Friday.

The joint stakeholder meeting, which was held at the National Nutrition Agency (NaNA) along the Bertil Harding highway was aimed at advancing WASH sector in The Gambia. 

AGUAINC Gambia limited is a water treatment technology company with offices in Europe, Africa and the Americas.

They hoped to improve and help developed new water treatment facilities; train and spread knowledge on water, sanitation and technology; create new jobs and aid improve the overall environmental sustainability, economic development and community health.

Access to water and sanitation is a fundamental human right and essential to life, health and dignity. Improving access to safe water and sanitation facilities leads to healthier families and communities. However, when people are also motivated to practise good hygiene, especially with wastewater management, health benefits are significantly increased.

According to her, sanitation and hygiene are also considered as major determinant of poverty, adding that the availability of safe- drinking water is a necessary condition for good health, particularly during pregnancy and infant care.