BURERA - Local authorities have been challenged to embark on sensitising residents on proper hygiene and sanitation practices within their homes.
Addressing over 30 officials in charge of health and social welfare at a six-day seminar, Samuel Sembagari, the Burera District Mayor, warned that rural residents remain vulnerable to preventable diseases unless they are sensitised on the effects of poor hygiene.
The seminar which was organised by Water, Sanitation and Hygiene project, (WASH)- attracted participants from five districts in which the project operates.
The US$21 million project which was launched recently will finance initiatives aimed at improving access to safe water, while promoting proper hygiene especially in schools, health centres and communities.
It will operate in the districts of Musanze, Nyabihu, Burera and Rubavu.
During the seminar, participants reported that residents surrounding the northern areas of Virunga face problems of water scarcity.
As a solution it was revealed that provision of water has started in Burera with the initiation of a Rwf270 million water project; Gatebe-Kivuye sector project, to benefit over 100,000 residents.
The project will be jointly funded by the Netherlands government in close conjunction with the Government of Rwanda and UNICEF.