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Culture hindrance to proper sanitation

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CULTURE has been identified as one of the hindrances to proper sanitation practices at the village level.

Rural Water Supply and Sanitation (RWSS) project manager Abednigo Maehu said the matter was raised during a two-week conference on RWSS that will end this week in Honiara.

Mr Maehu said the meeting which gathers officers from various provinces looked at important areas that needed to be achieved and improved.  

“One of the areas discussed was sanitation,” he said.

He said one of the main issues faced in promoting proper sanitation was the rural culture of using open-dug toilets.

“People prefer these open pitch toilets and they get use to it.”

However, he said that does not hinder efforts to push for proper sanitation for rural communities.

“We will continue to put pressure on rural communities to work together with us to build proper sanitation.”

Mr Maeohu said out some provinces have already had access to proper sanitation through the RWSS project.    

He said the conference was significant that both the provincial executives and the ministry can work together to achieve the objective.  

“RWSS programme’s aim is to provide access to better health and quality needs.”

AUSAid was the biggest donor to RWSS project in the Solomons.  

Trixie Carter