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NBWAC awareness on sanitation

Published on 1 Aug. 2014 12:33 AM IST
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North Block Ward Adoption Committee (NBWAC), which is a part of DPDB Kohima’s programme, has conducted an awareness programme on sanitation and solid waste management at Baptist Higher Secondary School (BHSS) on July 31. The participants comprised members from NBWAC, KMC, representatives from various colonies and hundreds of school children.
On the occasion, the chief guest and administrator of Kohima Municipal Council, Lithrongla, released a pamphlet on “Sanitation & Solid Waste Management” prepared by NBWAC. In her keynote address, she stressed on the urgency to create awareness on sanitation and solid waste management. She said that millions of children die in India every year because of Diarrhoea and attributed the root cause to the unhygienic living condition of the people.
“Kohima is also not alien to the problems related to solid waste management. 1 Bolero each from all 19 wards under Kohima town, 2 Cess pool and KMC trucks are engaged to collect garbage from every colony on a daily basis. Thus, a total of 40-50 metric tonnes of solid waste from the capital are disposed off every day,” she said. Stating that children are the future of the society, she said any substantial positive change in the community should begin with them.
She also mentioned the cleanliness drive initiated by Nagaland Baptist Church Council, where the cleanest schools in town are to be awarded. She expressed her hope that the students would help the school in achieving the prize.
KMC donated 10 green and 10 blue waste baskets for biodegradable and non- biodegradable wastes respectively to the school.
Chairman of North Block Panchayat, Thejao Sekhose, read out the content of the pamphlet for the students present. It included an appeal to limit the use of non-biodegradable bags as well as disposable plates, cups and bottles made of plastic. It discouraged the release of septic tank materials into nullahs but to seek for cess pool truck’s and encouraged washing of hands before and after food and also after going to the loo. It also included an appeal to all public to spread the message on sanitation and circulate/pass the pamphlet at family gatherings, birthdays, anniversaries & other social events.
Principal of BHSS, Keviseto Israel, stated that sanitation and maintenance of personal hygiene are important social issue which needs to be addressed to the mass especially to the children as the future belong to them. He concluded his speech by thanking the NBWAC for organising the programme.
While delivering the vote of thanks, District Soil Conservation Officer and Team Leader of NBWAC, K Khekiho Shohe, mentioned that the reason behind holding such programme in school rather than in Panchayat hall was to spread the good news to all the colonies of Kohima town through the children.
The programme concluded with the distribution of leaflets by the members of NBWAC, colony representatives and guests present as a gesture of good faith in them to create awareness on sanitation in their own little way.

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