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Anseba region: Ministry’s branch calls for widespread introduction of community undertakings in a bid to preventing communicable diseases

The Health Ministry’s branch in Anseba region has called for widespread introduction of community undertakings in a bid to preventing communicable diseases.

Keren, 09 January 2014 – The Health Ministry’s branch in Anseba region has called for widespread introduction of community undertakings in a bid to preventing communicable diseases. It made the call at an assessment meeting thereof, during which Mr. Berhane Gebrekidan, Head of environmental hygiene in the branch office, noted the vital impact of communal sanitary activities, especially introduction of soak-pit latrines, in preventing such diseases.

Ms. Elsa Hidrom, Head of the health center in Gilass, and Ms. Senbetu Gebrat, Head of the health station in Ashera, pointed out that communities have been demonstrating active participation as regards environmental hygiene, and stated that popular awareness regarding health issues is on the rise, and thus giving rise to a declining trend in connection with instances of communicable diseases.

One of the religious leaders, Abba. Zerizgi Haile and Mr. Mohammed-Ali Bidho, Member of the Regional Assembly, expressed appreciation for the impact the Ministry is making in remote areas, and called on communities that have not yet resorted to use of soak-pit latrines to emulate initiatives taken by exemplary villages.

The participants of the meeting said that they would extend a helping hand towards ensuring effective utilization of latrines, and commended the collaboration of the Health Ministry and Area administrators in this connection.

Reports indicate that a total of 87 villages have so far resorted to use of soak-pit latrines.

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