‘Water Borne Diseases Kill 1000 Children Daily’

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The United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF), says  over one thousand children die globally from diarrhoeal diseases from unsafe drinking water and poor sanitation.
UNICEF  WASH Specialist, Rivers State field office, Port Harcourt,  Martha Hokonya who disclosed this in Port Harcourt also said that globally, 40 billion man hours is spent every year in search of water.
According to her, about one thousand children die every day worldwide from diarrhoeal and poor sanitation.
She said about 1.8 billion people use sources of drinking water contaminated with faeces, putting them at risk of contracting cholera, dysentery, typhoid and polio.  “Unsafe water, poor sanitation and hygiene cause around 842,000 deaths each year.
The UNICEF WASH specialist said  the  target  of the Sustainable Development  Goal  (SDG) is to improve on safe and portable water quality by 6.3 per cent by 2020 through the reduction of pollution, elimination of water sources as dumpsites, elimination of hazardous chemicals as well as educating the public to safeguard their rivers, lakes streams and  wells.
“Progress towards target 6.3 will also help achieve the SDGs on health, and wellbeing (SDG 3) safe water and sanitation (SDG 6) affordable and clean energy (SDG7) sustainable cities and communities (SDG 11) life below water (SDG 14) and life on land (SDG 15)” she said.
Hokonya, whose address was delivered by Theodora Igboaruka described water as an essential building block of life. “But it is more than just essential to quench thirst or health, water is vital for creating jobs and supporting economic, sound and human development”.
She stressed the need for governments at all levels to invest in the provision of safe and portable water.