business meeting 20.09.10.jpgStakeholders in the water and sanitation sector have convened in Harare to come up with a draft strategy to lobby government to prioritise issues of sanitation and hygiene as the country is currently experiencing a sharp decline in that sector.

With Zimbabwe’s sanitation and hygiene standards declining, stakeholders drawn from some government departments, local authorities, non-governmental organisations and the private sector are gather in the capital to chat the way forward.

Poor investment in the sanitation sector has also contributed to this decline while government in its budgets has not allocated a substantial amount to aid this area.

The Chairperson of the Rural, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Committee, Mr Harold Sibanda said stakeholders are coming up with a strategy which they are going to present to the government.

He said issues of sanitation and hygiene are not being prioritised and its time that government allocates a considerable amount to this crucial area.

Water and sanitation related illnesses are among the leading causes of death in the country as many water systems have deteriorated due to poor maintenance.

Among the most vulnerable groups are the poor and those living in rural areas.