KHONSA, Jan 31: A two-day block level awareness camp cum workshop on ‘sustainable drinking water supply and sanitation – role of PRIs & FTK training’ organized by Public Health Engineering and Water Supply Division, Khonsa was held at the Circuit House, Longding. Altogether 110 participants including PRI members, public and govt officers attended the programme.
Dr M Lowang, MO, Longding gave a brief note on relationship between health, water & sanitation. He informed that 80% of diseases are caused through drinking of contaminated water and 90% of diseases in Longding district are found water borne. He encouraged the gathering to give prime importance to water quality.
Doi Tarak, consultant, PHE & WS Division, Khonsa through power-point presentation detailed about role of PRI/VWSC members in the management of drinking water supply and sanitation. He explained on how to plan, implement, operate, maintain and manage water supplies to ensure their sustainability. He also highlighted on how to collect water sample & what parameter to be tested using field test kit (FTK).
Tesa Tangjang, JT, Govt Middle School, Paniduria gave details on concept and component of sanitation. He also explained on safe handling of drinking water, disposal of waste, personal hygiene and village sanitation. He stressed upon abolition of age old practice of traditional pigsty being commonly used in rural area. B A Wangpa, JE, PHE & Water Supply Division, Longding detailed about different types of low cost sanitary toilets in a power-point presentation.
S K Mukherjee, AE, PHESD Longding in his speech stressed the need for involvement of PRIs in implementation of people-centric NBA programme. He said that the assets created under drinking water supply through NRDWP would be subsequently transferred and handed over to the respective PRIs for operation and maintenance after imparting proper training to them. He also explained what the District Water and Sanitation Committee (DWSC), Block Resource Center (BRC) and Village Water Sanitation Committee (VWSC) are.
Pasang Ratan, LT, PHESD Longding gave demonstrative training on how to use and measure the chemical reagents while handling the FTK for water quality testing. All the trainees were distributed IEC materials and FTK in GP wise.
Chairing the programme, Longding ADC N Wangsu encouraged the participants to give attention to such kind of training for the welfare of community. Further he told that water is an elixir to our life and everybody should care about the quality of water supplied to them as most villagers consuming it may be prone to various water borne diseases. (DIPRO)



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