Oyo State Trains Facilitators on WASHCOMs formation

The Oyo State Government has trained facilitators on Water Sanitation and Hygiene Committees (WASHCOMs) Formation and Training in readiness for community-led total sanitation implementation to drive an Open Defecation Free (ODF) status.

The 5-day workshop, organised in partnership with the United Nations Children Education Fund (UNICEF), was declared open by the Chairman of the State Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency (OYORUWASSA), Babalola Afobaje.

The Training of Trainers (ToT) programme, meant for all communities in the Ibarapa-East Local Government Area to achieve ODF status, was held in Oyo Town, Oyo State.

Afobaje appreciated the efforts of the state government and the technical and funding supports of UNICEF at ending open defecation and ensuring healthier citizens for socio-economic development of the state.

The Chairman specifically applauded the efforts of the present administration in the state for its efforts in curbing the outbreak of any form of epidemic.

He called for collaboration among all communities at ensuring an overall improvement in the general health and sanitation of Ibarapa-East and the state as a whole.

Also speaking, the UNICEF WASH Specialist, Mr Monday Johnson, said the participants will form and train WASHCOMs members who will ensure that their respective communities in Ibarapa-East LGA become open defecation-free and sustain it.

He noted that, β€œAt the end, hygiene practices, such as regular hand washing, must be inculcated as preventive measures to curb the spread of diseases, and that WASHCOMs would ensure that every child in Ibarapa-East LGA is known to government through birth registration in the National Population Commission.”

The Director for Sanitation, Mrs Obayemi Titilayo, said the major aim of formation and training of WASHCOMs in every community is to achieve ODF and sustainability of community WASH faclities such as community water points, and also to reduce or completely eliminate Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) in endemic communities of Ibarapa-East LGA and the state as whole.

She disclosed that, β€œ42 facilitators in the committees formation have been trained, and that WASHCOMs are also expected to continously sensitise and create awareness on the importance of child birth registration in their various communities.”

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