KP Senior Minister Inayat Ullah Khan has reiterated the firm pledge of his govt that improving the health and hygiene condition and promoting education and awareness among the masses were top most priorities of his govt whereas clean drinking water, sanitation and hygiene have also been declared thee main targets of the local governments wherein it have been made duty bound to achieve these goals.
He was addressing a function in connection with “Global hand washing with soap day” at Local Governance School Hayatabad Peshawar. It was organized by Local Govt and Rural Development Department in collaboration with UNICEF and WHO. The function was also addressed by Dr Francois Kampundu, Tom Otieno Otunga, UNO Humanitarian Officer, Syed Zafar Ali Shah, Secy Local Councils Board, Said Rehman, Coordinator WatSan Cell, Waseemul Haq Senior Coordinator IRC and WASH cluster coordinator Asif Mehmood who highlighted importance of the day and enormous benefits of hand washing as well as the role and contribution of theor organizations in this regard. The function was largely attended by people from cross section of life besides teenage students who presented skits on importance of handwashing.
InayatUllah said hand washing with soap is very simple but useful human behaviour that guarantees healthy life. He regretted that as the world observes “Global hand washing day” today, the fact is still there that millions of children under the age of 5 years die every year from diarrhoeal diseases caused by lack of clean water and basic hygiene while the prevention is simple and inexpensive. He said our religion Islam specifically emphasises on hygiene and cleanliness in day today life. Unfortunately there is little awareness on part of parents and other stakeholders to educate their children on it. He said hand washing with soap at critical times can dramatically cut down the number of young children who get sick and could prevent about 1 out of every 3 episodes of diarrhea illnesses, which can ensure healthy future for our children.
Senior Minister said the government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is committed to achieve the MDG goals of clean drinking water and sanitation for all. Along with providing the necessary infrastructure, the provincial government is working on behavior change initiatives particularly on the reduction of open defecation and promotion of hand washing with soap among children; together with UN agencies, and other development partners. He appealed all segments of the society, particularly parents, teachers, students, Ulema, development workers, Local government employees and media to put together all their efforts sincerely to promote this noble cause. He said Muslims are fortunate of having prayers of 5 times a day as compulsory to take ablution regularly and get purity both physically and spiritually. Later he distributed shields among best hygiene workers.