Acting Mungwi District Commissioner Mwape Mumbi has expressed concern at the high rate of open defecation and poor sanitation in the district.
Mr. Mumbi said this during the official launch of the Netherlands Development Organization (SNV) / United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) community led total sanitation for community schools held at Natasha Pre-School in Mungwi District.
He said Mungwi District has the highest rate of open defection in the Northern Province hence the need for government and stakeholders to work hand in hand to address the situation.
Mr. Mumbi observed that the provision of quality education cannot be separated from a good learning environment which protects children from water borne diseases.
He said government under the leadership of President Edgar Lungu has taken keen interest in the provision of quality water and sanitation infrastructure especially in rural areas.
The Acting District Commissioner has since re-affirmed government commitment to the improvement of sanitation in the district in order to attain an open defecation free status.
About 33 community schools will be reached in the SNV/ UNICEF community led total sanitation project which is expected to run for eight months.