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Sanitation : Primary need, concern
Staff Reporter Dimapur, Aug 8 (NPN):
Published on 9 Aug. 2010 12:13 AM IST
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Under the aegis of the Communication and Capacity Development Unit (CCDU) of the department of Public Health and Engineering, a statewide programme on Sanitation is being undertaken to educate public on efficient waste management for better health and improved environment.
Heading the CCDU as Director, Er Kevisekho Kruse explained that the thrust of the Sanitation programme is to achieve total sanitation throughout Nagaland as along with the entire country by 2015.
Sanitation aims at pursuing the national policy on both urban and rural areas-to make all towns sanitized with healthy and livable environment to ensure and sustain public health for all citizens.
The programme also stresses on providing adequate number of lavatories in every school or institutions which would involve simple yet efficient equipments and technology to ensure efficient disposal of waste while at the same time, arrest emission of foul smell. The salient feature of the objective include the three ‘R’s –reduce garbage to minimum; reuse waste matter for animal feed and recycle garbage into manure and useful products.
Another aspect is to educate public on the inherent dangers of burning of plastic wastes(PVC) which emit deadly poison-tetrachloro-dibenzo-dioxin (TCDD).The gas dioxin is carcinogenic(cancer causing) and disrupts hormones. Accumulation of the chemical in the body through inhalation could also be harmful for unborn babies.
Plants can accumulate the chemical and when animals feed on them, it can cause respiratory and heart problems besides damaging the nervous system and reproductive system. Under the programme ‘Nirmal Gram Purashkar’ those villages which have achieved total sanitation(100% free from open defecation) will be given cash incentives to the tune of Rs.50,000 provided all houses and schools are provided with sanitary toilets and facilities. Dimapur is a challenge for the programme as rising population has invited more pollution, pollutants, garbage, poor drainage and worst of all, total lack of a sewerage system.
These are at the ground level and considering that Dimapur is also a hotbed for tropical diseases, such as malaria, typhoid, diarrhea, dysentery and various skin ailments, the objective of sanitation has become pressing and crucial.

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