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Sanitation workshop for Bible colleges
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, AUG 7(NPN):
Published on 8 Aug. 2010 12:14 AM IST
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A one day workshop on sanitation for Bible colleges in and around Dimapur was conducted at Withee Bible College with Editor Nagaland Post Geoffrey Yaden as chief guest on Saturday. The programme sponsored by CCDU PHED had EE CCDU Agwaseng Kent and consultants Adi Nakhro and Imsubenla as resource persons.
Calling upon participants to create a movement on sanitation apart from creating awareness programs, chief guest Geoffrey Yaden averred that people have not gone beyond their individual thinking and advocated for looking beyond one’s rights. “Sanitation is a concept and common sense and we need to think about the impact in next ten years” Yaden stated. He also asserted that the people should be vocal about the sanitation issues since they have the right to know how and where the money was being spent. Expressing his concern over the way some people have made their houses on top of the drainages, Yaden also pointed out that it has created a lot of inconveniences for the public. While admitting that sanitation was a Herculean task in Dimapur, he also lauded the present advisory team of DMC for their efforts in cleaning up the town.
Exhorting the theologians to be role model in the society, Yaden also encouraged them to come out of their books and keep themselves updated. “Churches have to be visible in other things and not confine themselves to the four walls of the church” he added. He also pointed out that if people wanted to go forward they need to keep abreast with the changing times.
Director CCDU PHED Er Kevisekho Kruse who dwelt on the objective of the workshop said that there was a direct relationship between diseases and sanitation. “There are more than 50 infectious diseases which is spread directly or indirectly through human excreta” he informed. He also added that out of top ten most dangerous diseases five were related to water and sanitation.
Informing that sanitation was one of the main issues in the millennium development goals, Er Kruse disclosed that the government was taking every effort to implement sanitation related issues. Giving a statistics on the status of sanitation in the state, Kruse informed that 38 percent of the rural areas have already built toilets. While at the same time he also pointed out the reason for the figure being so low was due to the late start of implementation.
Further pointing out that indiscriminate disposal of solid waste has created big problems and nuisance, the CCDU director said that a ‘zero waste’ concept was already on the cards to control it. He also pointed out that making dustbins won’t help until unless civic sense was inculcated among the people.
Earlier the programme was chaired by principal Withee Bible College Rev Dr Vikheshe Chishi. A special number was also presented by the students of the college.

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