UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore appreciated the initiations of Mr Modi in the field of health and sanitation. She was in Mumbai to participate in an event organised jointly by the UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund) and the National Stock Exchange (NSE) Friday, where she appreciated Prime minister for spending the “political time and efforts” in health and sanitation issues.
She said “If you invest a dollar in sanitation solutions, the benefit will be four dollars in terms of health cost prevention, the (reduction in) number of visits you go to a doctor and in the medicines that you don’t have to buy,”
She talked about the Swacch Bharat mission initiated by the prime minister and said “The prime minister invested political time and effort and what it meant was people began picking up that story. They want to do it for Mahatma Gandhi, for their country and they felt pride in it,”
The Swacch Bharat Mission launched by Mr Modi in 2014 aims to clean the country till grass-root level.
Ms Fore added that work done for sanitation does not provide economic output but it provides an opportunity to improve other things when you look surrounding and observe that community was doing better.
An executive said “It makes one think that does he have clean water and the solutions for open defecation for all animals in their village, is there a community healthcare clinic, is there enough nutrition for children; not just latrines, what about lighted pathways for all of the girls going to schools. It makes you improve your world,”
Ms Fore talked about the positive improvement in the child mortality rate (CMR) in India. She even shared that health was one of the major issues, a developing country like India could face while forwarding towards the clean nation.
She added that clean water results in healthy life which could not be attained by any national strategies.
When asked about how UNICEF evaluates the schemes of Mr Modi, She said people need a country which could provide nutrition, health, education, sanitation, water protection etc instead of political climate or which party is in power.
She even urged the people to contribute and help in the mission. She said its everyone’s responsibility to put a value in it. She continued that the challenge in the mission was to “maintain” and “professionalise” it so that people get in the habit to maintain and service it.
She added that everyone who had house should have toilets.