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Posted: Friday, July 16, 2021. 7:32 pm CST.

By Rubén Morales Iglesias: The Ministry of Health and Wellness (MOHW) said on Friday it received 29 handwashing stations from UNICEF Belize as part of the Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Program led by the WASH Multi-Sectoral Body.

The 29 handwashing stations will be given to Toledo rural primary schools said the MOHW in a Government of Belize Press Office release.

The MOHW said that “Last year, at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the MOHW engaged with teachers and principals in Toledo who expressed their concerns and needs around access to clean water. Today, the ministry officially received the stations in the presence of principals of some of the schools that will be recipients.”

The handwashing stations will be sent to 29 primary schools in 29 of the rural communities in Toledo.

“These handwashing stations will better equip the schools to prepare for the reopening of the next school year,” said the MOHW.

In expressing his appreciation to UNICEF, Minister of Health & Wellness Michel Chebat said the donation was timely and that it underlined “the message of handwashing, as this remains the simplest act in reinforcing the fight against COVID-19”.

UNICEF’S Early Childhood Development and Education Officer Denise Robateau explained the the WASH Program and the role the Program played in making sure the wash stations were built properly and appropriately distributed to deserving schools.

“The WASH Multi-Sectoral Body, spearheaded in part by the Ministry of Health & Wellness, was formed after the MOHW requested assistance from UNICEF in the development of a WASH proposal to complement water systems in rural Belize,” said the Press Office release.

“The purpose of the multi-sectoral body is for the enhancement of partnerships to promote advancement of resources, knowledge, and expertise in WASH as a key advocate for children and vulnerable communities.”

The Press Office release said the wash stations were made by Cortez Limited in St. Matthew’s Village, Cayo District.


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