Journalists Network for Water, Supply and Sanitation Marks World Toilet Day In Kaduna With Call On Stakeholders To Support Government Efforts Towards Open Defecation Free society - Frontline News


The Journalists Network for Water, Supply and Sanitation, (J-WASH), joins the rest of the world in marking World Toilet Day, stressing its significance and the need for more awareness about the day.

J-WASH in a statement released in Kaduna by its Coordinator, Zakari Haruna Isah said Sanitation, good hygiene, and access to clean toilets as well as water are basic human rights that need government, community, and individuals' urgent attention for a healthy society.

"However, this special World Toilet Day is observed every year to create conversations related to good sanitation and hygiene to see how we all can do our bit in improving and achieving an Open Defecation Free society that can help reduce maternal mortality rate and avoidable outbreaks".

"Over the years, Open Defection (OD) and Bad Hygiene (BH) have been one of the major causes that have led to severe cases of illnesses in our neighborhood. It is on this basis that the World Toilet Organisation tagged this year's theme as: “Accelerating Change", the statement stated.

Zakari Haruna explained that poor access to proper toilet facilities and good water supply affects the standard of living in society, hence the need for all stakeholders to join the rest of the world to create more awareness of the significance of this day.

The j-WASH Coordinator commended the number of measures taken by Kaduna State Rural Water Supply and Sanitation, RUWASSA for the provision of Sanitation infrastructure in some communities across the state.

"We wish to encourage the general public to ensure that they keep their toilets and surroundings clean because several severe diseases can spread due to poor hygiene and poor sanitation. People should raise awareness on it to others and also try to explore options to make sanitation accessible to all".

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