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World Water Day: How Hand Washing To Combat Coronavirus Is A Mirage At Rivers State Secretariat

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As we all confront the coronavirus pandemic, you can’t turn on the news without hearing about hand washing. But how do families wash their hands when clean water is miles away? Around the world, 40% of people lack access to basic hand washing facilities at home, and 780 million people do not have access to a quality water source. this is according to Action Against Hunger USA

World Water Day, marked each year on March 22, is an opportunity to think about the vital importance of water and those who lack it – and to take action. Without a reliable source of water, basic sanitation and hygiene are nearly impossible, putting people at greater risk for poor health and diseases like coronavirus, diarrhea, and cholera.

Rivers state Secretariat a magnificent complex that ranked high among other secretariats across the country.
The complex with a cluster of five high-rising buildings. It is made up of three seven- storey buildings partitioned into blocks A, B and C. Another 10-storey building by the right wing of the secretariat is called Podium Block while another one at the left wing is called Point Block and it is a 17-storey building complex.

but the epileptic power supply at the complex affects the effective and efficient use of the elevator. It works anytime there is power and when there is power outage, workers and visitors to the complex are forced to use the staircase.

Mr. Tein Williams an old civil servant told EWR  ‘’what we are seeing today is a different thing all together, This once beautiful secretariat has become a ghost of itself, the taps are not running. The electricity supply has collapsed and the only generating set here has broken down. The entire complex is in a total mess.’’

Helen Briggs said ‘’It is very uncomfortable to work at the secretariat,’’

Another member of staff in one of the ministries, who simply gave his name as Deinma, said the condition of the complex, especially the fact that the elevators hardly work was a source of concern to him. “Any time I wake up; my mind will fly because of the poor working environment we have found ourselves. Any time you come to work, you are confronted with a dirty working environment. The toilets are very dirty and no one dares to enter anyone of them. Some of the toilets have not been cleaned for several months, a situation that exposes workers to various kinds of diseases.’’

For communities already battling hunger, the effects can be devastating. Lack of access to water also puts women and girls at greater risk: When water is not available at home, women and girls are responsible for collecting it 80% of the time. Often, this means they make long and sometimes dangerous trips to the nearest water point.

Cities with lack of access to water with government plea for residents to wash wash our hands regularly with running water. As a personal way of combating the dreaded scourge called coronavirus.

Where will the people get the running water to wash their hands? It looks as if our leaders are strangers in their country. This picture is from Jos. People fetching water from a broken pipe in this horrible gutter.

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