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Agency Blames Cholera Outbreak On Poor Sanitation

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The Rivers State Rural
Water Supply and Sanitation Agency has blamed the outbreak of Cholera in rural communities on lack of behavioural change and poor sanitation culture.
The Head of Managing Monitoring and Evaluation unit in the Agency, Mr Napoleon Adah who made this known during in an interview with The Tide in Port Harcourt, said that most rural people find it difficult to observe simple hygiene such as hand washing after toilets and covering of food.
Mr Adah also said that open defeacation which seems to be the culture of rural people is very different to change, stressing that this situation is responsible for the increasing rate of Cholera and other diseases in the rural areas.
He said that the Agency has embarked on series of campaigns across the rural areas to encourage such behavioural change like handwashing after toilets, washing of hands after eating and the avoidance of open defeacation.
In his words. “These are simple things that every communities should imbibe.
Meanwhile a programme to eradicate open defeacation in the rural areas has been launched in three local government area of the state by the Agency with the support of the European Union and Niger Delta support programme.
According to Mr Adah, the programme tagged, Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) was launched in Emohua, Akuku-Toru and Opobo/Nkon Local Government Areas.
He said that the CLTS programme was aimed at sensitizing residents of the three Local Government Area on the need to ensure clean environment through regular sanitations and installation of toilet faicliteis in their homes.
According to him, the objective of the Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) programme is to eradciate open defeacation with a view to eradicating cholera and other diseases.

Scene of an accident at Uselu in Benin City recently.

Scene of an accident at Uselu in Benin City recently.

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Expert Advocates Healthy Hygiene, Clean Environment

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A Consultant Family Physician, Dr Toke Oke, has stressed the importance of maintaining healthy hygiene and keeping the environment clean,
Oke, at a briefing organised by This Present House, said healthy hygiene and a clean environment were important in overcoming disease outbreaks.
She said, “Maintaining healthy hygiene will not only apply to COVID-19, but it will also apply to other infections. As we know, COVID-19 is caused by a virus, we have many other viruses and from time, we have seen that to prevent the transmission of these viruses, people are being encouraged to do simple things like washing of hands, cleaning surfaces and wearing of the facemask which prevents the transmission of the virus to other people.
“Indeed, a clean environment is not just for COVID-19, but a lot of other infectious diseases. This way, people will not be able to come in contact with dirt surfaces. With soap, detergent and bleach, majority of viruses including the COVID-19 can be killed.”
The expert added that healthy hygiene and a clean environment had helped in the fight against COVID-19.
A pastor in the church, Dele Balogun, said the church had also been in the forefront of the fight against drug and stance abuse among the youths.
“This Present Church is an expression of House of Freedom which has several initiatives campaigning against substance and hard drug abuse. We live in a metropolitan part of Lagos, which is the Lekki environment, and there has been a surge in the abuse of substances in recent times.
“For obvious reasons, people are going through a lot and many times they want to drown their sorrows by sort of taking these substances. We as a body, we felt the need to go out and in love reach out to those who are addicted to these habits,” he said.
The resident pastor of the church, Jude Nwoko, said the briefing was organised to review the activities of the church which included the Keep Lekki Clean campaign as well as the sensitisation on drug abuse.

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Environmentalist Seeks Halt To Extraction Of Fossil Fuel In N’Delta

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An environmental activist, Nnimmo Bassey, has said only a halt in the extraction of fossil fuel by oil multinationals can guarantee a healthy living by people of oil producing states.
Bassey, who is also the Director of Health of Mother Earth Foundation, made the call during an oil watch global event in Port Harcourt .
He blamed the high level of flooding and pollution in Niger Delta region on oil exploration.
The activist also lamented over the destruction of biodiversity, adding that the oil sector has only created employment for one percent of the entire population in Africa.
While calling on the government to ensure the cleaning of the “polluted environment across the region” also called for adequate “compensation” for communities affected by oil exploration that have refused the oil in their environment to be extracted.
In his words, “If you pay attention to the climate debate and negotiation governments and corporations are talking about achieving net zero”.
“Net zero does not mean zero, it means you keep emitting the carbon but find a way of either capturing or burying it somewhere or you plant some trees or designate some forest at places where carbon is being absorbed”.

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Expert Advocates Healthy Hygiene, Clean Environment

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A Consultant Family Physician, Dr Toke Oke, has stressed the importance of maintaining healthy hygiene and keeping the environment clean,
Oke, at a briefing organised by This Present House, said healthy hygiene and a clean environment were important in overcoming disease outbreaks.
She said, “Maintaining healthy hygiene will not only apply to COVID-19, but it will also apply to other infections. As we know, COVID-19 is caused by a virus, we have many other viruses and from time, we have seen that to prevent the transmission of these viruses, people are being encouraged to do simple things like washing of hands, cleaning surfaces and wearing of the facemask which prevents the transmission of the virus to other people.
“Indeed, a clean environment is not just for COVID-19, but a lot of other infectious diseases. This way, people will not be able to come in contact with dirt surfaces. With soap, detergent and bleach, majority of viruses including the COVID-19 can be killed.”
The expert added that healthy hygiene and a clean environment had helped in the fight against COVID-19.
A pastor in the church, Dele Balogun, said the church had also been in the forefront of the fight against drug and stance abuse among the youths.
“This Present Church is an expression of House of Freedom which has several initiatives campaigning against substance and hard drug abuse. We live in a metropolitan part of Lagos, which is the Lekki environment, and there has been a surge in the abuse of substances in recent times.
“For obvious reasons, people are going through a lot and many times they want to drown their sorrows by sort of taking these substances. We as a body, we felt the need to go out and in love reach out to those who are addicted to these habits,” he said.
The resident pastor of the church, Jude Nwoko, said the briefing was organised to review the activities of the church which included the Keep Lekki Clean campaign as well as the sensitisation on drug abuse.

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