The country joins the rest of the world in commemorating Sanitation Week and Global Hand-washing Day amid calls for an increase in budget allocation towards water and sanitation.

In the face of continuous waterborne disease outbreaks, the country commemorated Global Hand-washing Day and Sanitation Week amid calls or an increase in budget allocation by Treasury towards water and sanitation.

The Minister of Health and Child Care Dr David Parirenyatwa said there is need for an investment plan to address the issue of water and sanitation which is affecting the country’s economy.

In a speech read on her behalf by Engineer Tinayeshe Mutazu, the Minister of Environment, Water and Climate Cde Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri said despite government efforts to provide safe water there is need to preserve it at all levels.

Minister of State for Harare Metropolitan Province Cde Miriam Chikukwa said local authorities must take corrective measures in addressing water and sanitation problems in Harare.

Statistics show that globally 4.5 billion people live without safely managed sanitation and the sustainable development goal number 6 aims at reaching everyone with sanitation by the year 2030 and to reduce by half the proportion of untreated wastewater.