Government plans cent percent sanitation by 2020

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The government has chalked out elaborate programmes to bring the whole population under the sanitation coverage by the next three years.

Chief Engineer of the Department of Public Health Engineering (DPHE) Md Wali Ullah came up with the information at a press conference on Saturday.

The press conference was arranged at the DPHE in Dhaka to announce various programmes marking the sanitation month which is being observed throughout October.

At the press conference, the DPHE chief engineer portrayed the country’s overall sanitation situation.

He said currently country’s 99 percent people are under the sanitation coverage.

Of them, 61 percent use improved sanitation system.

“Twenty-eight percent of the population use joint latrine while 10 percent undeveloped one,” the official said.

Wali Ullah said it will be possible to ensure cent percent improved sanitation by 2020.

Like every year, the month of October is being observed as the sanitation month. The theme of this year month is – ‘Improved sanitation, healthy life’.

The Local Government Division has also taken a step to formulate a framework for ensuring the supply of safe water and improved sanitation.

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