Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Clean Water For Flood Affected Communities a Priority for Red Cross

Solomon Islands Red Cross has prioritised the provision of clean water to flood affected communities of Guadalcanal says SIRC Secretary General Nancy Jolo.

“A lack of access to clean water and sanitation after flooding can worsen the issues faced by affected communities.

“This is why we are working with Australian Red Cross to immediately dispatch a portable water treatment filter system to prevent the spread of dangerous but preventable waterborne diseases”, said Ms Jolo.

By Wednesday this week, the ‘Nomad Water Module” will be on the ground preparing to filter up to 5,000 litres of water every hour. Staff and volunteers of Red Cross will be trained in the use of the water module, which it is anticipated will meet the needs of the worst affected communities in the North-West.

SIRC volunteers trained in public health, water and sanitation will also be on hand in affected communities to spread messages about safe health practices in the aftermath of flooding.

Since January 29, the Red Cross has been providing relief to flood affected communities. To date, twelve Red Cross volunteers have visited more than 40 affected communities to assess their immediate needs in terms of housing, health and livelihood and have provided excellent data guiding the distribution of 170 Family Kits containing essential non-food items.

Assessment data has also confirmed the need for the rapid deployment of the ‘Nomad Water Module”.

“This data is very helpful for us” said Red Cross Health Promotions Officer, Clement Manuri.

“It will assist our health workers to disseminate important messages to affected communities to stop people getting sick.”

“After a flood it is important to act quickly to stop the spread of disease. We have only about five days at this point to get this clean water and health information to communities. It’s a priority we are taking very seriously.”