Seven villages in Zambezi claim Open Defecation-Free status

Seven villages in Zambezi claim Open Defecation-Free status
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Seven villages and one Primary School in Katima Rural Constituency became the first villages in the Zambezi Region to declare open defecation as unhealthy practice in the community.
The seven villages are Siseme, Ikumwe, Libuyu, Siyanga, Mwilima, and Mubiza as well as Masikili.
The villages claimed the Open Defecation-Free status on Friday and were awarded certificates by the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry.
In a speech read on her behalf, by the Head of Water Supply, Joseph Hailwa, the Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Water and Forestry Anna Shiweda, assured the nation that has access to potable water supply and sanitation is a national priority.
Shiweda noted that the five-year Namibian Sanitation strategy 2011/2018 under review incorporating the school led Total Defecation is piloted in the four regions of Ohangwena, Kavango East and West, and the Zambezi.
Shiweda urged stakeholders in the sanitation sub sector to strengthen coordination and enhance the advocacy on sanitation and best hygiene practices.