Clean water critical for good hygiene – ZAWEFA
The Zambia Water Forum and Exhibition has emphasized the need to raise public awareness on the importance of clean water, sanitation and good hygiene practices.
Speaking at a media breakfast ZAWEFA Chairperson Imasiku Inyambe says it is unfortunate that some people still can’t access clean water and proper sanitation.
He says the forum is therefore making it a priority to ensure that people especially those in rural areas have access to clean and safe water in line with SUSTAINABLE Development Goal number six.
Professor Inyambe says the forum has been held annually since 2011 bring together various experts, institutions and stakeholders from within Zambia, the SADC region and the boarders to share knowledge and exchange ideas and network with regards to water resource management and development.
Speaking at the same event ministry of Water development , sanitation and environmental protection permanent secretary Edward Chomba says its arguably understandable that water is not only life but also medicinal.
Bishop Chomba says that sub Sahara Africa due to lack of sanitation losses about 4.3% of their GDP annually which is about $194 million dollars per year.
He says most of this revenue is lost as a result of the premature deaths from diarrheal diseases, health care costs and productivity losses due to illness that come about as a result of having unclean water and poor sanitation.