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Better Access To Safe Water, Efficient Sanitation Service

Better Access To Safe Water, Efficient Sanitation Service
Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Parveen Bala (with garland) with delegates of the WASH summit at Tanoa International Hotel in Nadi on May 25, 2018. Photo: Arieta Vakasukawaqa
May 26
12:03 2018

 

Relentless efforts through the Fijian Government over the past 10 years have ensured that all Fijians have access to both safe water and efficient sanitation services.

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Parveen Bala said this was also reflected in the 2013 Constitution.

He made the comments during Fiji’s first ever Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Summit, which was attended by more than 50 delegates.

The summit came to a close yesterday.

While closing the summit, Mr Bala thanked the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) for facilitating the summit.

Ensuring that all Fijians have access to safe water and efficient sanitation, Mr Bala said was aligned to support the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal 6.

“A provision that is embedded in our national development plan targeting 100 per cent access to safe, drinking water by 2030 and 40 per cent access to centralised sewerage systems by 2021,” he said.

Mr Bala said that adequate drinking water, sanitation and hygiene were all essential ingredients to ensure human health.

“In the same way, proper waste management is also a main prerequisite for environmental health,” he said.

“Improvements towards these services will bring economic gains while also assisting in building a healthier and more productive Fiji.”

Edited by Percy Kean

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