THE Director of Environmental Health Division (EHD) of the Ministry of Health and Medical Service (MHMS) Tom Nanau speaking during the workshop
THE Director of Environmental Health Division (EHD) of the Ministry of Health and Medical Service (MHMS) Tom Nanau said the rate of domestic waste generation in Honiara has slightly increased after a recently conducted survey.
Mr Nanau made the statement in his short remarks in the opening of the two days Eco-School Program Workshop last week at the Ministry of Health and Medical Service environmental health conference room.
“We have a previous waste generation rate of 0.64 a kilo per person a day and that figure has now increased after a recent survey to 0.86 a kilo per person a day on the domestic waste generation; the commercial waste generation rate has also increased to 0.75 per kilo a person a day.
“Now these increased figures have shown a great threat to our aquatic, terrestrial and celestial environment,” said the director.
He said that there are a number of evident factors in Honiara and other provinces which influence degradation of our environment.
“Honiara and the nation at large have obviously increased in poverty, informal settlements, poor waste management and rapid population growth; these influential factors have strongly indicated a solid waste generation,” said Mr Nanau.
The Eco-school program theme is “Eco School for a cleaner Solomon Islands” which aims to provide teachers from different local schools in the country to empower their students through environmental and waste management education.
He urged the participants of the workshop to take this programme seriously in relation to the health issues and waste management assigned in the two days workshop.
“The workshop will ensure you must carry out this very, very important task by implementing your knowledge on how best we can manage waste after this workshop.
Mr Nanau added that he sees the Eco-School program as an important strategy devised to address the issue. “The program is a milestone devised to address the waste management and health issues experienced in our country.
“On experience we have tried to get these information to our adult populations but we found out that we are fighting a losing battle and the strategy to address and focus on the younger generation is a positive way forward.
“With this programme, I believe that all participating teachers will be greatly motivated to extend what you have learned to your respective schools.”