LUSAKA, ZAMBIA – The Jesuit Centre for Theoretical Reflection – JCTR says it is concerned that about 5.3 million people do not have access to safe drinking water.
Speaking in the wake of the commemoration of the World Water Day, JCTR says lack of access to safe drinking water is directly linked to preventable health issues and diseases, such as cholera and diarrhoea and robes people of their human dignity and the common good.
This year’s World Water Day is being commemorated under the theme: leaving no one behind. “Access to “affordable and safe water” is critical to the health and well-being of our country and is a key element of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights of citizens,” says the organisation in a statement.
Meanwhile, the organisation has also reminded Government to provide safe and clean drinking water to all the households in the country.
“The JCTR reminds the Government of Zambia, through the National Water Supply and Sanitation Council (NWASCO) to ensure that no one is left behind by providing access to clean and safe drinking water to all especially the poor.”