Open Defecation: 1,751 Communities Gets UNICEF Certification in Katsina State

By Alex Uangbaoje, Katsina

The United Nations Children Funds (UNICEF) says it has so far certified 1,751 communities in Katsina State, Open Defecation Free (ODF).

The UNICEF Chief of Field Office, Katsina, Madam Padmavathi Yedla, disclosed this on Monday during the Review Meeting for the 2018 and Rolling Work Plan for 2019 and 2020 for Kano and Katsina State.

She said that 1, 076, 776 people were provided with water facilities, while 409 schools and Primary Healthcare Centers (PHCs) got Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) facilities.

The officer also said that 498 communities were certified as ODF in Kano State, with 249,300 people in state got access to basic sanitation facilities.

Yedla noted that 454,300 people got access to safe water, and 134 schools and PHC’s had been provided with WASH facilities.

On nutrition, the officer noted that Katsina state has 25 Community Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) centers in which, 66,037 children were reached during the period.

She explained that the state government committed N300 million for scale up of nutrition programme.

Yedla noted that Kano State government committed N405 million for scale up of nutrition programme.

She further added that 61,610 children received treatments on malnutrition in over 65 centers in the state.

Yedla commended Kano State government on the conduct of MNCHW week.

“I like to commend Kano government to undertaken their first round of MNCHW week, reaching 2,465,286 children between 6-59 months Vit A supplementation and 1,180, 760 12-60 months with deworming,” she said.

She urged the state governments to intensify efforts towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030 in the country.


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