MoCC, UNICEF join hands to upgrade 11,000 lavatories in schools: Amin Aslam

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ISLAMABAD, March 20 (APP):Adviser to Prime Minister on Climate Change Malik Amin Aslam Wednesday said Ministry of Climate Change (MoCC) in collaboration with United Nations International Children’s Fund (UNICEF) are upgrading 11,000 lavatories in schools to provide better Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) facilities to the students.
He said this in a function held here at local school to educate students about Clean, Green Pakistan project.
The aim of collaboration is creating awareness among the masses on health and hygiene. He said it also intended to develop sense of responsibility among the general public to keep environment clean and green.
He said, “We want to inherit a clean and green Pakistan to our future generations. It’s high time to realize individual duty of every person to keep the environment and surroundings clean and green so that safe and healthy atmosphere can be maintained.”
According to UNICEF official data, “Pakistan has made significant progress in improving access to sanitation yet 25 million people still practice open defecation. Lack of access to proper sanitation facilities impacts negatively the health and well being of children.”
It added that around 53,000 Pakistani children under five years are dying annually from diarrhoea due to poor water and sanitation system.
The UNICEF data further reveals grim implications of poor WASH facilities as children suffering from repeated episodes of diarrhoea are likely to fall behind in school or drop out altogether.
Besides, it is also causing stunting that currently affected almost 44 percent of children in the country.
“Pakistan’s disaster prone nature increases its vulnerability to natural calamities including earthquakes, floods, droughts, and internal displacement due to conflict. These disasters often leave numerous scores of affected people in need of emergency water and sanitation support. The effects of climate change and rapid urbanisation also contribute to challenges of improving access to safe water and sanitation,” the UNICEF statistics said.
UNICEF reports claim that a major chunk of household population namely 70 percent is still drinking bacterially contaminated water.