Nosa Akenzua, Asaba
Delta state government has advocated the need for the public, especially parents to inculcate the habit of proper hand washing among their Children in order to avoid disease infections.
The state government who spoke through the Commissioner for Water Resources, Dr Martin Okonta on Thursday in Asaba, noted that hand washing with soap was the most effective way to prevent diarrhea and acute respiratory infections that usually kill millions of Children in developing countries.
The state government however stressed the need for all individuals to always wash their hands with soap after using the toilet before cooking, eating and after treating sick persons, disclosing that the state ministry of water resources will partners with the UNICEF through the Rural Water Supply Agency (RUWASA) with a view to ensuring the provision of basic sanitation and hygiene services through the construction of water and sanitation facilities
The state government identenfied hand washing as a key strategy towards the attainment of the Millennium Development Goal on health, adding that the global hand washing day was aimed at sensitizing the public to reduce the spread of diseases, just as he maintained that lack of effective hand washing culture was responsible for the high rate of mortality among Children.
Meanwhile, the state government has commenced the review of its agriculture policy to make agriculture a business in the state, adding that the aim was to sensitize the farmers including household families on the issue of diet food supply,food distribution, climate and nutrition sensitive agriculture improved agricultural production at all levels.
To this end, the state government is poised to ensuring that all stakeholders in the agricultural sector are aided with the right policy to provide the needed environment for conductiveness in decision making on food production, processing, packaging and marketing.
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