Mpika, September 26, 2091, ZANIS---Care International Zambia through the SANI project has handed over eight boreholes to Mukungule and Lufila communities in Mpika District to provide safe drinking water and improve sanitation in the district.

Mpika District Commissioner, Moses Katebe said the eight water points handed over by Care International which include four new boreholes and rehabilitated boreholes will benefit  over 4, 800 people in the area.

Mr Katebe was speaking in a speech read on his behalf by Mpika District Cultural Officer, Tobias Mwale during the handover ceremony at Chikumbi in Chief Mukungule’s Chiefdom in Mpika District.

He said the water points handed over are in line with Government’s desire for good nutrition and improved water and sanitation for the people especially women and children.

The District Commissioner said government is committed to improving nutrition in children under five years stating that this can only be done with stakeholder involvement.

Mr Katebe added that apart from improving good quality and safe drinking water, the boreholes will help shorten the distances women were covering to water points in the area.

He further said the boreholes will also improve hygiene standards in school going children thereby increasing concentration.

And Care International SANI-Project Manager, Catherine Pongolani said the SANI project is a nutrition improvement project which complements the government nutrition programme dubbed ‘First 1000 most critical Days’.

Ms Pongolani explained that the SANI project is implementing approaches that focus on providing enabling interventions to achieve decreased stunting as well as decrease women’s under nutrition.