Campaign to provide assured safe water supply

Campaign to provide assured safe water supply
Participants during the 100-days IEC awareness campaign.
DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 11/6/2020 12:11:35 PM IST

100-day campaign to provide assured safe water supply in schools and Anganwadi centres under JJM was conducted on November 6 at PHED (R) Kohima division organized by DWSM, PHED Kohima division, sponsored by Sanitation and WSSO, PHED Nagaland.

A press release by IEC consultant PHED, Kohima division, Ashale Seb stated that Executive Engineer PHED Kohima (Rural division), Er. Subonyanger in his keynote address said that JJM aims at providing piped water supply to village level public institutions, viz. anganwadi centres, schools, health centres etc. 

He stated that provision of piped water supply in these institutions is not just the responsibility but also a priority because constant use of contaminated water leads to waterborne diseases. 

He also maintained that the department will continue the 100-day IEC awareness campaign at various blocks viz. Kohima block, Jakhama block, Sechu-Zubza block, Chiephobozou block, Botsa block, Chunlikha block and Tseminyu block. He called upon every responsible citizen to make this campaign truly become a “Jan Aandolan”. 

SDO, PHED Kohima (Rural division), Er. Mezivil Stanny Kikhi, informed that planning for the 100-day campaign should not be done in isolation but as part of the big picture of ‘providing safe water to all’.

He also emphasised that, this planning should incorporate important aspects of long-term functionality, i.e. management, operation and maintenance of water supply system to provide safe water on regular basis in Anganwadi centres, Ashramshalas and schools. 

DWSM, PHED Kohima division sanitation & hygiene consultant, Virhelie Krunilie, speaking on water borne diseases said that poor sanitation, water scarcity, use of contaminated water and inappropriate hygiene behaviour were major causes of child morbidity and mortality, particularly among infants and young children.

DWSM, PHED Kohima division, chemist Dziesetseinuo Kiso, speaking on water quality standards, emphasised on the importance of water quality. 

She pointed that the main objective of water quality survey was to determine the physical, chemical and bacteriological characteristics of the water. 

She explained the meaning of water pollution and how human activity is polluting the water sources and explained some methods for protection of water sources. Sedimentation, filtration, disinfection etc are some methods for water source treatment. 

Meanwhile, consultant, DWSM, PHED Kohima division IEC, Ashale Seb, mentioned that physical environment, cleanliness and safe drinking water at anganwadi centres and schools, make a profound impact on the health, capacity to learn and well-being of the children. 

She further encouraged the Anganwadi workers, teachers to teach the children to inculcate the habit of hand washing with soap, giving the importance of water sanitation and hygiene (WASH) practices in protecting human health as it further accentuated in current Covid-19 pandemic situation. 

For which she said will be a great deal to prevent human-to-human transmission and contain the spread of SARS-CoV- 2 virus causing Covid-19.

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