Waste Management Reduces Risk Of waterborne Diseases


The African Institute of Waste Management and Environmental Studies (AIWMES), has described as crucial to manage waste during the rainy season in Africa to prevent pollution and maintain the health of waterways.

In a statement, the Register General of the Institute, Dr. Ahmed Lateef Tayo said proper waste disposal, waste collection and removal, drainage maintenance, and awareness are some considerations for waste and waterway management during the rainy season.

“Proper waste disposal: Promote proper waste disposal practices within communities, ensuring that waste is disposed of in designated collection points or properly managed waste facilities. Discourage the dumping of waste in or near waterways, as heavy rains can wash the waste into the water, leading to pollution”.

“Waste collection and removal: Ensure an efficient waste collection system, particularly in urban areas, to prevent waste from accumulating and causing blockages in drainage systems. Regular collection thy and removal of waste minimize the risk of clogged waterways and subsequent flooding”.

Dr. Lateef stressed that regular maintenance of drainage systems, including clearing debris, sediment, and waste that can obstruct the flow of water. Proper drainage infrastructure helps prevent stagnant water and reduces the risk of waterborne diseases.

Further more, “encouraging waste reduction and recycling initiatives to minimize the amount of waste generated, reduces the overall waste load and lessens the potential for waste to end up in waterways.

“Education and awareness: Raise awareness among the public about the importance of proper waste management and its impact on waterways. Conduct educational campaigns to inform communities about the environmental consequences of improper waste disposal during the rainy season”.

The statement noted that fostering partnerships between local communities, government agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and other stakeholders to address waste management challenges during the rainy season can lead to more effective waste management strategies and promote sustainable practices.

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