Gov’t Urged to Prioritize WASH

first_imgWaterAid Liberia, in partnership with WASH Stakeholders and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), has called on the government to strengthen the health care system through the provision of adequate water, sanitation and hygiene.The group made the call on Monday, August 8, in a joint communiqué addressed to the Ministry of Health. They want the government to give post-Ebola recovery for water, sanitation and hygiene the highest priority.Presenting the letter to Deputy Health Minister, Dr. Francis Kateh, the chairman of the Liberia WASH CSOs Network, Prince Kreplah, said the action by the group is intended to urge government to improve the health sector.Kreplah, however, commend the government for strides made to improve WASH in health care facilities across the country, adding that the government should exert more effort to deliver on its health and WASH promises.In response, Deputy Health Minister Kateh thanked WaterAid and WASH’s CSO partners for their continued work, and agreed that the issue of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) are crucial to the health care delivery system of the country.Dr. Kateh, who is also the nation’s Chief Medical Officer, appealed to Liberians to take their health seriously, especially when it involves water.Following the presentation of the letter to the Health Ministry, a press conference was held to address key health and WASH issues.The Chairman of the Liberia NGOs Network, George Kayah, commended the government and development partners for steps taken to improve WASH and health care delivery but noted that despite these efforts there still remain serious deficiencies in water, sanitation and hygiene in rural communities, hospitals and clinics.WASH Coordinator at the Health Ministry, Wataku Kortima, disclosed that the government has put in place WASH protocols to ensure that water, sanitation and hygiene play a key role in the country’s health care delivery system.He urged collaborative efforts among CSO actors as well as Liberians to ensure that challenges affecting the health sector are resolved. The Health Ministry has started the training of health care workers on WASH protocols and the essence of WASH in health, he added.Speaking on behalf of the British Charity WaterAid in Liberia, Program Effectiveness Coordinator Samuel Quirmolue indicated that WaterAid will continue to support the government and local partners in the sector to improve WASH and make it accessible.Meanwhile, a baseline report released on water, sanitation and hygiene in health facilities in 2015 found out that about 95 percent of health care facilities do not meet the Ministry of Health’s standards on water quantity for all purposes.More than 50 percent of health facilities do not have a protected year–round source of water, and 20 percent do not have any protected source on site.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Carl Jenkinson says Arsenal team-mate is in same league as Ronaldo and Messi

first_imgCarl Jenkinson believes Arsenal team-mate Alexis Sanchez is in the same league as Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.The West Ham defender is on loan from the Gunners and he described the Chilean forward as a ‘special’ player.Sanchez has scored ten goals in his last six games for club and country, including a goal in Arsenal’s win at Watford last weekend, just days after returning from international duty in South America.  “I think he’s up there with the best in the world, you can put him in the same sort of bracket as the Ronaldos and Messis,” Jenkinson told Drivetime.“Obviously I still watch Arsenal and I watch him play and he’s the sort of player that affects every single game.“There’s players out there that can produce magical moments, but it’s the best ones that do it game in, game out.“You always know with Sanchez that he’s going to affect the game in one way or another and he does it every single game to be honest.“His appetite for the game is phenomenal, he looks so hungry, he wants to play in every single game and it’s a special thing to have in a footballer. “Every Arsenal fan would say he is a joy to watch.”Carl Jenkinson also told Drivetime how he thinks West Ham are capable of a top-four finish, read more here.last_img read more