KARACHI, Oct 15 (APP): Students from different schools in Gadap Town on Wednesday urged the city administrators to ensure regular water supply to the area enabling them to ensure their much needed care towards hygiene and prevention of ailments.
These children registered with different government and private schools, in a programme organised to commemorate Global Hand Washing Day (GHWD), also shared their experience as stakeholders of Water Aid initiated Urban “WASH” project on their general.
They, during the programme organised by Health and Nutrition Development Society (HANDS), an NGO headed by senior pediatrician Dr. Abdul Ghaffar Billoo also demonstrated importance of hand washing and Hygiene Principles through art work, advocacy speeches and tableaux.
The Chief Guest, Member of Provincial Assembly, Shahida Rehmani appreciated the level of understanding reflected by area children about importance of hand washing and hygienic practices.
The MPA, belonging to PPP and also a resident of Gadap Town area, said community- oriented events meant to raise public awareness level about hygiene, particularly among the school going children and their families were key to reduce ailments and associated mortality among kids.
She said active involvement of residents belonging to Yousuf Goth, Siddique Goth and Rahim Goth respectively established the fact that efforts can bring about behavioral changes with positive impact on all age groups.
The MPA on the occasion announced to support the campaign to reduce the number of children dying from deadly infections such as diarrhea and pneumonia.
These efforts in the area largely inhabited by low income sections were extremely crucial, she said.
District Executive Manager HANDS Maqbool Rao and his co-workers Shahid Ahmed, Shahnaz Bibi, Ghulam Nabi from Reform Support Unit and Sarfraz Memon of Water Aid also spoke on the occasion.
Rao mentioned that under the ongoing programme around 34,900 people belonging to poor and marginalised sections, mainly those living in urban slums, have been accessed while 69,000 students have been actively involved.
Focus, he said was to create demand among people, particularly school students of Gadap town, for improved, equitable, safe and sustainable access to water.
Rao said hygiene- oriented promotional activities, awareness, capacity building, advocacy and most importantly demand for accessibility to safe drinking water have also been generated among communities.
Shahnaz Bibi said HANDS has been celebrating Global Hand Washing Day for past several years in different parts of the country.
“Our focus has been and would be to uplift the standard of living of under privileged class,” she said.