The Community of Dimaska Village in Gombi Local Government Area of Adamawa, has commenced a project to construct more than 250 toilets for its people.
Mr James Steven, Head, Dimaska Village Health and Development Committee, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), in Dimaska on Friday.
Steven said that the project focussed at enhancing healthcare service delivery to residents through the community’s self reliant programme.
He said that the development followed a health training offered to the community by Global Health Ministries, an American based NGO, under the mentorship of the Lutheran Church of Christ in Nigeria (LCCN).
“Before the training in the Dimaska, not more than 15 houses had toilets, however, since the inception of this project, we have over 50 toilets in the community.
“Our intention is that before the end of 2023, we will build over 80 toilets for our people, and before the end of 2026, we are proposing to build not less than 250 toilets because presently, we have about 291 households in Dimaska Community.
“In addition, our people now understand the importance of building toilets in their respective homes and the danger of open defecation to health and environment,” he said.
On access to portable water, Steven said the community had during its townhall meeting with various stakeholders resolved to sink a water borehole for its people.
“To get access to portable drinking water to our people and animals, we have resolved to sink a water borehole and overhead tank.
“Towards this end, we have so far tasked ourselves and committed a total sum of N50,000 for survey on the project,” Steven said.
He said through the LCCN Community Based Primary Health-care training, 17 women had been trained on community healthcare service for emergency healthcare against malaria, hygiene and environmental protection, among others.
He, however, expressed joy that the community was living peacefully with one another irrespective of faith and ethnicity.
Steven appealed to Adamawa and federal governments to support the community achieve their desire goals of having portable drinking water, health clinic and school.
By Muhammad Adam