Poor sanitation caused Kebbi, Sokoto, Zamfara worst cholera cases – UNICEF

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Poor sanitation is reason why Kebbi, Sokoto and Zamfara states have recorded worst cases of cholera epidemics in this year, UNICEF Field Officer, Maulid Wards, said said.

While Zamfara, alongside Abia state has the best record of only two per cent open defecation, Kebbi and Sokoto states has 18 per cent of their population practicing open defecation.

Available records also indicate that while 24 of public places in Nigeria have sanitation facilities, Kebbi, Sokoto and Zamfara have 35, 41 and 38 per cents access respectively to basic sanitation services.

Wards, at a collaboration meeting with state governments of Kebbi, Sokoto and Zamfara stated that the goal of the 2021 World Toilet Day was to achieve open defecation free society.

He said, “Open defecation, poor hygiene, is the cause of child diseases such as malnutrition, poor cognitive ability, cholera.

“With a total of 9.67 million people in these three states not having access to a basic toilet, it is only right to say that Kebbi, Sokoto and Zamfara states are among those experiencing sanitation crisis.”

Wards, however, said while Kebbi SUBEB in partnership with the state government had constructed more than one hundred toilet facilities in schools and health centres, Zamfara was in the lead on waste management to check cholera and diseases outbreak in the state.

 

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