Unicef donates education, health equipment to school


THE United Nation Children Fund (Unicef) presented more than K120,000 worth of education and health equipment to a primary school and health centre in the Mendi-Munihu district of Southern Highlands on Wednesday.
The Topa Primary School received tuffa tanks, tents, tarpulins and water purification tablets.
The Topa Health Centre received a refrigerator for medicines.
Dr Karen Allen, the Unicef emergency programme coordinator said access to clean water, sanitation, food, nutrition and health services were a great concern.
She said due to the rough terrain and difficult access, many schools and health facilities were struggling to recover from the February earthquake.
“The provision of water, basic health services and toilets are vital to getting the schools and health facilities back on their toes,” she said.
“Many of the schools and health facilities in the four affected provinces are not in full operations due to the extensive damage. Students are in fear because of the partially damaged buildings which might collapse anytime.” Allen said the other issue was the water supply and sanitation and had taught the people to construct simple hand-washing facilities from recycled materials.
Community leader Mack Kuni said the help given by Unicef and other donor agencies was a great relief to the school and health centre.

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