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WaterAid says 3.9m people lack access to potable water in Bauchi

The Acting Director (Programme) WaterAid Nigeria, Mr Mike Essien, said on Monday, August 5, 2019 that no fewer than 3.9 million people in Bauchi State lacked access to potable water.

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Children of Unguwan Gandu Zuntu, Kubau Local Government Area of Kaduna State fetching water from a handpump borehole provided by SHAWN II Project in the community

Addressing newsmen on post-election promises made by politicians to electorate during campaign, Essien said the people also lacked proper sanitation and hygiene services.

Easier, who spoke on behalf of the Country Director of WaterAid Nigeria, Dr Chichi Okoye, explained that the situation also affected schools and healthcare centres in the state.

“In 2018, Bauchi State Primary Health Care Development Agency (BSPHCDA) reported that the state recorded 9, 725 cholera cases resulting in the death of 28 people with women recording the highest number of cases,” he said.

He explained that statistics was also obtained through the Joint Monitoring Programme of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and international standard of tracking.

He therefore called on elected officials in the state, to honour their election campaign commitments and promises to improve water, sanitation and hygiene. 

By Mohammed Ahmed Kaigama

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