ADDIS ABEBA – Japanese aid agency has supplied sanitary materials worth 1.4mln birr to support Bahir Dar City’s covid-19 response, its officials said.
Takeshi Matsuyama, Representative of The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Ethiopia Office, has handed over the supplies to the city’s Water Supply and Sewerage Service this week, the agency said in a statement sent to The Monitor.
Officials of Bahir Dar – one of the largest cities in Ethiopia, are expanding WaSH services as the demand for water increases concurrently.
The latest suppot would help the city’s effort to address the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) gap to its residents, said the agency.
Since the onset of the pandemic, JICA said it is providing additional support by donating water supply spare parts, such as surface water pumps, various valves and pipes that are needed to strengthen the safe water supply chain.
he latest donation includes multiple water storage tankers with the capacity of storing 1,000, 5,000 and 10,000 liters which will be installed along with new handwashing stations in critical areas, including marketplaces and transportation hubs.
Basic hygiene materials such as facemasks, soaps, handheld thermometers and sanitizers are also among the materials JICA has donated to the city.
At least 170,000 residents of will be direct and indirect beneficiaries of these supplies, the agency said.