Tanzania (Xinhua) -- Zanzibar, Tanzania’s
semi-autonomous archipelago, on Wednesday launched a
cleanliness campaign in two tourist villages aimed at
boosting the tourism industry in the Indian Ocean
The campaign, dubbed “Best of
Zanzibar”, seeks to change the situation in Isles and is
being executed by health experts from the State
University of Zanzibar (SUZA) and ordinary islanders.
Nahya Khamis Nassor, Best of Zanzibar
Project Officer, said that the campaign is to be carried
out in Zanzibar’s Northern Unguja Region in a bid to
boost tourism after a research found that unhygienic
conditions in the area, which in turn threatened both
residents and visitors.
A study carried out last year in the
villages of Kijini and Mbuyu Tende, which heavily depend
on tourism, found that in every 100 houses only three to
four had latrines, posing a serious threat to
SUZA official said that last year’s
research showed that if things were left they way they
were, the lifeline of the villages—tourism—was in danger
as well as the health of both residents and visitors.
Nassor said experts from SUZA had
begun with cleanliness education for primary school
pupils in the two villages, adding that the program will
be carried out in five phases.
“Local leader and their deputies,
teachers, women and youth groups, fishermen and
health centers will also be reached,” Nassor said.
The aim of the project is to kick out
recurrent waterborne diseases especially cholera,
diarrhea and other ailments that have turned the
potential tourism hotspot into a somewhat risky place to
visit and live in, Nassor said.
He emphasized that the project also
seeks to create awareness on cleanliness with the view
to making area residents take matters of health and
hygiene into their hands.