Governor El-Rufai declares state of emergency on sanitation

Governor El-Rufai declares state of emergency on sanitation

- In its efforts to eradicate open defecation, the Kaduna government has declared a state of emergency on the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector

- The spokesperson to the Kaduna state governor, Muyiwa Adekeye, made the disclosure on Thursday, July 9

- Adekeye said the government is taking steps to end open defecation in Kaduna

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In its efforts to eradicate open defecation, the Kaduna government has declared a state of emergency on the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector.

The spokesperson to the Kaduna state governor, Muyiwa Adekeye, made the disclosure on Thursday, July 9.

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Kaduna government has said it is determined to eradicate open defecation in the state. Photo credits: Kaduna government.
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He said the decision will enable the state to build on the success of the sanitation, hygiene and water in Nigeria (SHAWN II) programme, The Cable reported.

Adekeye stated that the government is determined to stop open defecation across the 23 local government areas of the state.

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According to the spokesperson, some steps being taken by the government to achieve the goal includes the rehabilitated 110 boreholes across the state in 2019 by the Kaduna state rural water supply and sanitation agency (RUWASSA) with funding from UNICEF.

He said by May 2020, RUWASSA had rehabilitated another 216 boreholes in various communities across the state.

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Meanwhile, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) on Thursday, June 18, made good its promise to assist Kaduna state government in its fight against COVID-19.

USAID sent the mobile testing vehicle to the state government which will be used to expand community testing.

On his Twitter page, Governor Nasir El-Rufai said that the vehicle was received by the state government.

The governor disclosed that the state will use the vehicle to increase community testing in Kaduna. The governor said: "The mobile testing vehicle uses GeneXpert machines for the Covid-19 test. KDSG has imported 9800 of these test kits, the first government in Nigeria to do so.

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The state is seeking to import 40,000 more to meet its target of 50,000 Covid-19 tests.

In another news, the federal government on Thursday, July 9, launched a diagnostic kit, known as RNASwift, for the identification of coronavirus’ causal agent. RNASwift, according to Professor Alex Akpa, the acting director-general of the National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA), was designed by Nigerian scientists, Daily Trust reported.

Akpa said that this welcome innovation will no doubt aid the testing capacity of health agents in Nigeria with respect to COVID-19.

He said: “The diagnostic kit is a product of cutting-edge biotechnology, which involves the exploitation of molecular biology to design, develop and validate a cost-effective but yet very top-of-the-range kit for COVID-19 testing."

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