Coordinated efforts stressed for post-flood WASH response

RANGPUR Experts at a workshop has stressed on coordinated GO-NGO efforts for adopting early preparedness to ensure water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) response and management during and post-flood periods.

They expressed the view at the knowledge-sharing workshop on 'WASH Response in Kurigram-2019' held at 'SOPNOKURI' auditorium of the Deputy Commissioner's office in Kurigram town on Wednesday, a press release said today.

The Department of Public Health and Engineering Department (DPHE) organised the workshop under its WASH Cluster program with the assistance of Kurigram district administration under financial support of UNICEF.

Officials of the district and health administrations, DPHE, UNICEF, representatives of different NGOs concerned and cluster members of WASH Cluster program participated in the day-long event.

Deputy Commissioner of Kurigram Sultana Parveen attended the workshop as the chief guest while UNICEF Rangpur and Rajshahi Divisional Field Office Chief Najibullah Hameem addressed as special guest.

The workshop moderated by Executive Engineer of DPHE Engineer Md. Shayan Ali.

Acting Deputy Director (Local Government) of Kurigram Hafizur Rahman in his welcome address lauded UNICEF cooperation in development activities of the district and called for enhancing the capacity of local service agencies to deal with flood damage.

Engineer Ali highlighted activities of Wash Cluster program during the recent floods in Kurigram district putting stress on further enhancing coordination among all stakeholders concerned for better WASH response in flood-hit areas in the future.

The workshop prepared recommendations for strengthening coordination of WASH Clusters, capacity and accountability of service providing agencies in reaching WASH services to affected people involving local people during and post flood periods.

Najibullah Hameem stressed on adopting early preparedness, extending immediate response and assistance and well-coordinated internal coordination among government and non-government agencies concerned to deal with the flood damage.

The chief guest sought continuous assistance of UNICEF in improving living standard of children and adolescents along with supporting the district administration in conducting post-flood activities to stand beside flood-hit people.

WASH Officer of UNICEF Ruhul Amin and its Emergency Officer Hafsa Rahman also spoke in the workshop.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)