BY ABDULLAHI KANO in Kano
Kano State government on Tuesday said it has intensified the fight against open defecation with the aim of making Kano an open defecation free enclave.
The Kano State Commissioner for Environment, Dr. Kabiru Ibrahim Getso stated this while briefing the media in Kano as part of activities marking the World Toilet Day.
He said global statistics has shown that about 4.2 billion people live without safely managed sanitation and that 673 million people still practice open defecation worldwide, saying that inadequate sanitation was estimated to cause more than 423,000 diarrheal deaths every year.
The commissioner explained that in Nigeria at present, World Health Organisation (WHO) report has shown that an estimated 47 million people do not use toilets causing nearly 87,000 diarrheal deaths in children under the age of five stressing that poor sanitation contributes to under-nutrition and several other neglected tropical diseases.
He however, stated that the Kano State government had within the last four years supported Open Defecation-Free (ODF) campaign with the zeal and commitment and has partnered with many stakeholders to ensure that the battle of ending open defecation is fought to its logical conclusion.
Dr. Getso pointed out that as a demonstration of such commitment, the State government had also taken steps to ensure that funds were provided for the monthly sanitation exercise and the upgrade of training institution for environmental health officers and the provision of equipment in addition to employing 1,000 sanitation vanguards to improve sanitation.
He further revealed that the State government had also effected the regulation of the construction of private conveniences and sanitary inspection and monitoring of private and public conveniences in addition to the procurement of temporary toilets for deployment and use during public functions.