By Moshi Shaban
Tanzanian Minister of Health, Community Development, Gender, Seniors and Children Ummy Mwalimu has announced Meru municipal council in Arusha region as overall winner for a National Sanitation Campaign (NSC) by building improved toilets and handwashing facilities.
The Minister said Meru council has emerged the winner with 96 percent of sanitation and hygiene in the NSC which involved 185 council of Tanzania.
Addressing the press conference Mwalimu mentioned the runner up as Njombe Council after scored 95.1 percent, followed by Makete council that scored 80.4 percent of achieving using better toilets and environment conservation.
Minister Mwalimu cited the best villages in Njombe district which have toilets with washing hands facilities, dish drying facilities and rubbish pits as Kanikelele
Village in Lupembe ward (95.8%) which has 3546 people from 656 households, followed by Nambala village in Meru district (95.3%), whereas third position went to Lyalalo village in Matembwe ward which (93.5%) with 249 households.
NSC is a rural-based sanitation campaign which launched by the government through the then Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MoHSW), currently, Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children (MoHCDGEC) in 2012 to encourage its people to use latrines, as well as to address the challenges of low coverage of improved sanitation and hygiene at household and school levels.