The Zimbabwe Red Cross Society (ZRCS) has stepped up efforts to ensure good and consistently applied water, sanitation and hygienic (Wash) practices in communities.
By Style Reporter
ZRCS is working in partnership with Unicef in the provision of safe water, sanitation and hygienic conditions in seven districts across the country.
According to ZRCS acting operations director Tapiwa Chadoka, the aim of the programme was to protect human health during the Covid-19 outbreak.
He said they want to put in mechanisms that ensure good and regularly applied Wash and waste management practices in communities.
“The Wash project is part of a broader programme aimed at promoting hygiene during this time of Covid-19,” said Chadoka.
“We intend to sink seven more boreholes here in Hopley, rehabilitate the ineffective ones and solarise the system for the provision of tapped water.
“This is part of a comprehensive WASH programme in the wake of Covid-19.
“We also have programmes aimed at promoting hygiene and, as you can see, we have donated buckets, detergents and other necessities meant to promote hygiene.”
Chadoka said the programme was inclusive taking into consideration people with disabilities, women and children.
Seven other districts, namely Marondera urban, Binga, Gwanda, Mangwe, Siakobvu, Muzarabani and Kwekwe rural, are part of the project that lasts six months.
Chadoka said in those districts they would unravel programmes aimed at helping the prevention of human-to-human transmission of the Covid-19 virus.
ZRCS has over the years facilitated a number of Wash programmes across the country, notably the US$38 000 water pipeline project in Chiwenga ward in Muzarabani, among many other provisions of safe water, sanitation and hygiene programmes.