By: WASH R&E “Media” Network – Montserrado County District Number Nine Representative, Munah Pelham-Youngblood, has lavished praises on the British based Charity, WaterAid for its intervention in her District.
The charity has constructed Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) facilities in District # 9 for the use of the disabled in the area. The Disabled Friendly Latrine constructed by WaterAid, serves as a relieve for persons with disabilities who usually experience difficulties in accessing public toilets.
Rep. Youngblood noted that the provision of toilet facility by WaterAid for the use of the disabled in her District has brought about dignity amongst the visually impaired in the area.
The Montserrado County Law Marker in an interview with WASH Reporters & Editors Network of Liberia as part of the Interactive Media Engagement with Policy Makers/WASH Stakeholders, said the intervention of the WaterAid in the area has also put smiles on the faces of community residents who equally appreciate the project.
Representative Youngblood said she has visited public latrines constructed by her office and WaterAid in conjunction with the Liberia WASH Consortium to ensure that they are kept clean and functionally.
The Law Marker said during her visit to the facilities, anti-Ebola materials including buckets and chlorine were distributed to the respective management teams to keep the facilities hygienic.
“Safe hygiene is critical in the prevention and control of disease, especially at this devastating period of the country’s history”, the Law Marker explained.
She disclosed that the management teams have put in place measures through which the facilities can be maintained and effective.
She revealed that a minimum fee is charged by the teams for the use of the facilities in the 21 communities of the District.
“The funding collected from users goes towards the management of the public latrines in her District”.
Under the County Development Fund, the Law Marker said 21 hand pumps were also constructed and are now been used by the 21 communities in District # 9.
She also disclosed that a deal has been sealed between her office and an American charity, “Last Well” to assist in the renovation of hand pumps that have been damaged in the District.
The District Number Nine Law Marker asserted that 21 hand pumps in the District will be renovated by “Last Well” for the use of residents.
Looking at the significant role water, sanitation and hygiene play in disease prevention, the Montserrado County Law Marker stressed the need for hand washing to be a key tool amongst Liberians.
She urged citizens of her District and the entire Country to follow all preventive measures prescribed by health authorities in the Country.
Representative Youngblood admonished individuals who are politicizing the Ebola virus out break to desist.
According to her, it does not augur well for individuals to use the Ebola crisis to score political points for their personal gains.
Representative Youngblood also warned people who do not believe the existence of the Ebola virus, to do away with the denial and accept the facts concerning Ebola.