Save the Children International, a non-governmental organisation has handed over 30 rehabilitated and newly constructed water facilities to communities in Shomolu Local Council and Bariga Local Council Development Area of Lagos State.
The four-year project titled: “Stop Diarrhoea Initiative (SDI)”, implemented by the organisation, in collaboration with the Lagos State government, is aimed at reducing by at least 50 per cent, the diarrhoea incidence among under five children in the council areas.
Speaking in Shomolu, the Chief of Party SDI, David Atamewalen said the project seeks to demonstrate the efficacy of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the United Nations International Children’s Fund (UNICEF), recommended seven-point plan for diarrhoea prevention, among children under the age of five.
He said: “As part of Save the Children’s strategic objective to reduce childhood diarrhoea in the communities, 30 water points equipped with treatment plants and solar panels were rehabilitated and constructed in the project communities to support uninterrupted quality water supply in Shomolu LGA and Bariga LCDA.
“This effort is meant to serve as a model for government and elected representatives as a collective effort to improve the quality and aid access to water available to the community. The essence is to reduce vulnerability to diarrhoea infection.”