Jan 15, 2009, 4:48 AM
The Ministry of Health and Social Welfare last Saturday held a daylong sensitisation for Members of the National Assembly on the National Sanitation Policy, held at the National Nutrition Agency's conference hall.
Speaking at the occasion, Honourable Adama Cham, the Chairman of the National Assembly Select Committee on Health described the sensitisation as timely, adding that it would enable the legislators to understand the policy before it is being tabled before the National Assembly.
Noting that laws and policies are meant to be understood and to protect people, he said their roles as National Assembly Members is also to sensitise their respective communities.
He commended the Ministry of Health and the consultants for doing a good work by coming up with a sanitation policy.
Delivering the keynote address at the ceremony, the Director of Health Services, Dr. Mamady Cham underscored the importance of the sanitation policy to the life of people, adding that
According to Dr. Cham, malaria and other water born diseases are all due to poor sanitation.
He pointed out that National Assembly Members are custodians of the law, and should thus be sensitised on policies. He said they are crucial in any policy and should always be involved in the development of policies.