General news

Water Aid urges $1.2bn investment on clean water



By Patricia Amogu

National water aid director Evelyn Mere has urged leaders around the world to invest $ 1.2 billion in water, sanitation and hygiene at health centers during the pandemic.

Mere made the call in a statement through her communications and media director, Mr. Oluseyi AbdulMalik, in Abuja.

She said the call was needed as G20 finance ministers met this week in Rome to discuss how they could recover from the pandemic.

According to her, world leaders are advised to heed this call to save countries from the worrying effects of the pandemic.

She said the said sum is equivalent to just thirty minutes of what most countries have already spent on COVID-19 response packages in the past year.

“Spending at least $ 1.2 billion on water, sanitation and hygiene for health centers is an obvious investment, which both saves lives now and protects against future pandemics and the devastation they cause. cause.

“Yet this could change everything for the millions of people who have no choice but to seek treatment in the 50% of health facilities in the poorest countries that do not have clean water.

“We need to find the urgently needed funds to ensure that all health facilities in the poorest countries have clean water and soap before another pandemic strikes,” she added.

Mere pointed out that if frontline health workers cannot wash their hands, keep patients clean, or have a decent place to go to the bathroom, a hospital is not a hospital at all and that would be fertile ground. for disease.

The Nigeria News Agency (NAN) reports that since the onset of COVID-19, rich countries have spent large sums, on average nearly 10% of their GDP, and a total of $ 20.6 trillion, into stimulus packages to help strengthen their economies and recover from the pandemic.

In Nigeria, millions of people are without risk of contracting COVID-19 and other infectious diseases because 96% of all health centers in Nigeria lack access to basic water, sanitation and hygiene services – thus putting the lives of doctors, nurses, midwives and patients. at risk.

Providing a place for doctors, nurses and patients to wash their hands is one of the most effective ways to stop the spread of disease.

A vital injection of funding from the G20 would prevent millions of preventable deaths from infection and disease.

Not only has research shown that washing your hands with soap helps reduce the spread of the coronavirus by a third, it is also believed to help curb the growth of antimicrobial resistance.

Antibiotics are overused in dirty healthcare facilities as a “quick fix” in place of good hygiene – contributing to an increasingly alarming situation as antibiotics lose their infection fighting power.

According to the World Health Organization, an investment of this nature would only take a year to self-finance and generate savings for every dollar invested thereafter, but an ever-growing debt crisis is preventing the world’s most poor people to be able to invest in basic water. (NOPE)


Short Link:


NNN: :is a Nigerian online news portal that publishes breaking news in Nigeria, and across the world. Our journalists are honest, fair, accurate, thorough and courageous in gathering, reporting and interpreting news in the best interest of the public, because truth is the cornerstone of journalism and they strive diligently to ascertain the truth in every news report. Contact: editor[at]

Africa Oil & Power turns into energy capital and energy Coronavirus – Nigeria: COVID-19 update (April 18, 2021) Coronavirus – Zambia: COVID-19 update (April 18, 2021) Canon Unveils Three New RF Lenses – Including a “World First” – Bringing Photographers Next Level Capabilities Dlamini returns for the Tour of the Alps CSCS Reports N6.93 Billion Profit, 2020 N 5.85 Billion Dividend Greenpeace et les groupes d’énergie anti-Afrique de l’Ouest adoptent la mauvaise approche du pipeline de pétrole brut d’Afrique de l’Est (EACOP) en Ouganda et en Tanzanie (par NJ Ayuk) 10 in the police net on an alleged clash between rival sects in Ekiti West Africa launches new payments digitization program End of era of violence in Niger Delta region – Amnesty boss Police arrest 15 suspects for criminal conspiracy 12 best European football clubs agree to found new Super League Iheanacho ends Leicester City’s long wait for FA Cup final Kwik Delivery publishes the Prestashop plugin; becomes the most integrated delivery platform with e-commerce frameworks in Africa Ecuadorian electorate proclaims Lasso winner of second round of presidential election Train derailment kills 11 passengers in Egypt – Ministry UEFA warns clubs of breakaway Super League plot NCDC records lowest daily case of 26 new COVID-19 Iheanacho ends Leicester City’s long wait for FA Cup final D’Tigress will make Nigerians proud at Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Amukamara IDB supports Kwara health insurance with $ 99,000 Rivers LG polls: RISEC declares PDP winners in 23 LGAs Zanfara Govt spends 2.9 billion naira on Ramadan welfare – Official Mother’s Day: instilling good moral values ​​in children – Catholic priest La Liga: Atletico Madrid rout Eibar as Real Madrid draw Getafe NASFAT unveils multimedia center in Kaduna Edo Queens and Delta Queens launch NWFL Super Six Premiership Governor AbdulRazaq does not touch LG funds – NULGE APC attacks PDP over printed naira allegation against CBN Air Peace to start Abuja-Gombe flights soon – Official Drug addiction: Marwa gives parents and religious leaders a rescue mission FUNAAB VC denounces the obsession of young people on social networks NCAA tasks airline operators with safety procedures Ekiti government to launch emissions tests on vehicles and generator sets NASS member pleads for better service to voters FirstBank unveils new corporate website for seamless service delivery Boko Haram: President Buhari satisfied with the performance of the troops – Minister of Defense Man gets in trouble for driving against traffic in Lagos NDLEA intercepts 834.5 kg of illicit drugs in Lagos SPOMO law improves Nigeria’s image – NIMASA Buhari welcomes former IG Smith at 75 More than 150 internally displaced people participate in a UNESCO / TIG sporting event – Official Yobe government provides naira 75million grant to 1,500 women Nigerians must unite to survive as a nation – Lagos Dep. Gov. Mothers Sunday: Anambra government woman denounces gender-based violence Delta closes illegal orphanage, transfers 22 orphans Coronavirus – Sierra Leone: COVID-19 update (April 17, 2021) Mother’s Sunday: a Catholic priest instructs mothers to become parents Coronavirus – Ethiopia: COVID-19 update (April 17, 2021) APC Governors disown Obaseki over currency printing allegation