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

THE HOOPS REPORT: CELTIC CHIEF URGES FANS TO BUY SEASON TICKETS

first_imgPETER LAWWELLCELTIC chief executive Peter Lawwell has today asked fans to buy season tickets as the SPL prepares for life without Rangers.In an open letter to fans, he said: “As we embark on our 125th season we enter a crucial new phase in the great history of our club.“Your unwavering support throughout the years has been central to the success of Celtic. It has been one of the core strands of Celtic’s DNA. “There have been great times throughout our history, none more so than Lisbon in 1967 or our centenary year in 1988.“There have been challenging times too and following recent events, Scottish football and Celtic FC now finds itself on the verge of a new era.“Throughout our history Celtic has, time and again, stood up for what it believes is right. In recent weeks we have acted accordingly, in the best interests of Celtic and Scottish football.“It is clear that recent events will present the club with some new challenges – we are not afraid to face these head-on, with our supporters side by side. “We have a club which is strong, a club open to all, formed with charitable purpose at its core, a club whose traditions and values unite millions of people across the world and a club which has enjoyed 125 unbroken years.“More than ever, it is a time to celebrate what we stand for.“We must do so with a collective unity between the supporters, the club and the team. We need to stand shoulder to shoulder and work together to continue to move the club in the right direction.”The letter goes on: “Celtic supporters have already renewed their season tickets in huge numbers.“I want to thank you all sincerely for your support. You are the lifeblood of the club and it is wonderful that you stand with us at this very important time in our history. “For those fans still considering renewal or whether to buy a season ticket for the first time this year – we need you back at Celtic Park.“It is imperative that we continue to develop this exciting young team and give them a platform to take on the best in Europe.“Our priority is to give Celtic every opportunity to be as successful as possible, both domestically and in European competition.“It’s an ambition that every Celtic supporter, including myself, shares. We can only do that with your support. “Everyone at Celtic sincerely understands and appreciates the commitment and sacrifice which you make in following our great club.“One hundred and twenty-five years ago Brother Walfrid established Celtic Football Club.“Celtic greats such as Willie Maley, Jimmy McGrory, Jock Stein, Billy McNeill, Tommy Burns and Henrik Larsson shaped our history.“We now need to make our own history. Let’s do it together.”THE HOOPS REPORT: CELTIC CHIEF URGES FANS TO BUY SEASON TICKETS was last modified: July 26th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more