The Government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines officially opened a new BNTF funded Washroom facility at Bottle and Glass Barrouallie on Thursday, January 18th, 2019.
The Washroom facility which has toilet, shower and laundry amenities, is expected to eliminate an existing problem of poor sanitation which existed in the community for a long time.
Addressing the opening ceremony, Director of the Basic Needs Trust Fund Dunstan Johnson said that for the past thirty years, the BNTF programs have made a tremendous positive impact on the lives of persons who are vulnerable with the construction of similar projects.
Johnson added that the opening of the washroom facility supports the United Nations Millennium Development Goal number seven which addresses improved sustainable environment by the year 2020.
Meanwhile, the Minister of Health, Wellness and the Environment the Hon. Luke Browne, addressing the opening ceremony, said that the people of Bottle Glass have had many challenges with respect to water and sanitation issues and that the matter had public health and safety implications.
The Health Minister said that his Ministry was heavily involved in the project mainly through its public health department, as Environmental Officers conducted several educational sessions and consultations in the community.
Minister Browne encouraged the community members to adopt the practices they have been exposed to in the training sessions as “behavioural modification is very important.”