Gvt gathers momentum on sanitation facilities

Government is set to accelerate sanitation of peri-urban and rural communities across the country through the implementation of the Eaziflush Sanitation Technology for Waste Management.

The Eaziflush Sanitation Technology is an innovation that seeks to ameliorate the challenges occasioned by the need to improve hygiene practices on open defecation in these peri-urban and rural communities.

Speaking at the post Cabinet media briefing Mininster of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting services Monica Mutsvangwa said government is taking a deliberate position to provide modern, sustainable, and affordable infrastructure in both urban and rural communities.

This is in line with Vision 2030 which concurs with Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Number 6 which seeks to “Ensure availability and Sustainability of the Management of Water and Sanitation for all”.

“The aim of the sanitation system is get rid of open pit latrines, implement alternative innovations suitable for transforming rural communities with respect to the provision of clean water and improved sanitation.

“The technology which uses two (2) litres of water per flush, compared to the seven (7) to nine (9) litres used by the conventional system, will convert the existing pit latrine infrastructure. This will reduce construction costs for new ablution facilities by up to eighty (80) percent,” Mutsvangwa said.

Cabinet acknowledged that the adoption and implementation of the Eaziflush Sanitation Technology will go a long way in reducing the transmission of water-borne diseases such as typhoid, diarrhoea, dysentery, and cholera, which result from lack of adequate sanitation facilities.

The project will be implemented in phases beginning with rural schools and clinics. It will then be cascaded to homesteads once the concept has been demonstrated and popularized.

“Presently, the technology is already installed and being piloted at Glenwood Primary School in Epworth and has proved to be effective, functional and user-friendly in terms of applicability and cost,” Mutsvangwa said.

The programme may be funded through the Schools Development Associations, the Constituency Development Fund, Devolution Funds or donor participation.



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