Communities should develop the habit of boiling water before drinking because because of unknown hazards, near the water sources.

This was conveyed in a four-day workshop based on drinking water safety security plan (DWSSP), organized by the Vanuatu Red Cross in Partnership with World Health Organization (WHO) and the Ministry of Health at Isangel on Tanna last week.

Over 27 participants attended the workshop.

The practical session was an eye opener for participants who enjoyed it so much that they spent three days out in the field exploring water sources in Bethel and Ianukulapen.

“Water safety and quality are fundamental to human development and well-being.

“Providing access to safe water is one of the most effective instruments in promoting health and reducing poverty,” said Rex Thomas, WHO representative.

He said the international authority on public health and water quality, World Health Organization, leads global efforts to prevent transmission of waterborne diseases.

This would be achieved by promoting health-based regulations to governments and working with partners to promote effective risk management practices to water suppliers, communities and households.

During the training, the participants were able to describe the existing water supply system from the catchment to the consumer.

They also undertook assessments on risk characterization, identifying and understanding how hazards can enter into the water supply. READ MORE