Open Defecation: ’How we eat, drink our faeces’ without knowing
By Nkiru ogodumbe
The health implication of open education is dreadful and has continued to pose danger to the lives of millions of helpless citizens not only in Nigeria but also in most parts of African continent due to lack of potable water, poor basic toilets facilities and poor sanitation.
In this report, Nkiru ogodumbe examines the attitude of some Nigerians who in most cases defecate in open spaces and streams that serves as their sources of drinking water without recourse to the environmental and health consequences.
The practice of open defecation is a global development and health issue facing developing nations. It is an ancient practice where people excrete in bushes, rivers, lakes, streams and other open spaces outside the designated toilets.
This can occur deliberately due to unwholesome cultural practices, superstitions, and personal unhygienic behaviours. It could also be as a result of unavailable or lack of access to modern toilet facilities.
While some communities go through this practice due to lack of basic social amenities, some rural communities tie this practice to their culture and tradition, hence making it a big challenge to overcome.
The United Nations had in 2010 declared access to safe drinking water and sanitation, a basic human right but this is not yet enforced in Nigeria.
For example, Pika like many other communities in Nigeria, practising open defecation is a community in Benue state ravaged by poverty and all forms of environmental and economic retardation.
It is a community where the practice of open defecation is view as a normal practice. Located about a few miles away from Makurdi, Mbatiav, Gboko local government area, life for the people of Pika is apparently pathetic.
Like many other disadvantaged communities in Benue State where the presence of government is not felt in any way, the people have for many years relied on well and the stream water for their subsistence life.
The women in the communities have to struggle daily walking long distances to the stream to fetch water for drinking, cooking and other household use.
Most importantly, lack of potable water has posed many health challenges to the people in rural areas in the state, as children and even adults have contracted water-borne diseases such as cholera, diarrhoea and typhoid fever among others due to the common practice of open defecation.
The people of the community depend on the local stream as their only source of water, filling an all-purpose gap, from bathing, laundry, cooking and drinking – without any form of purification.
On average, women and young children in Pika community have to visit the stream six to seven times daily. Sadly, the residential area is quite distant to the stream.
Left with no alternative, day and night, people have to pass through bush paths to scoop the oily, dirty, coloured and smelling water from the stream to meet their basic domestic needs.
Speaking with the Daily Hint a Roman Catholic priest, Rev. Fr. Dennis Ortese Yiyeh CSSp, who also resides in the community, said that water poverty has posed a threat to the people of the community leaving them with no other alternative but to defecate in the open.
“The children have to wake very early and trek down to the river every day. In a few cases, some children get injured in the process. It is important to fetch this water before going to school because their parents depend on them.
‘’On average, women and young children have to visit the stream six-seven times daily. The water from the river smells sometimes because the common practice here is open defecation and when it misted; the water washes the faeces back to the stream that serves the community.
‘’Sadly, that is how we eat and drink our faeces. Some of us are aware of the health implications of this but since there is no other alternative, we use the water like that.
16 passengers perished in Borno auto crash
16 passengers perished in Borno auto crash
By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri
Sixteen passengers including a family of 6 perished in an accident, involving a Sharon bus and a Golf car which had a head on collision around Jakana village along Maiduguri Damaturu, road.
A hospital source who does not want his name in print told our correspondent that ” the accident which occured yesterday involving a Sharon bus from Chibok local government and a Golf car coming out of Maiduguri had a head collision around Jakana leading to the dead of all occupants of the two vehicles”.
“11 corpses were brought to our hospital, State Specialists by personnel of police,NSCDC and CJTF in a pick up vehicle. Among the corpses were one of our staff Zara Chibok whom I was just coming from her funeral rights and corpses of a 6 members of a family with 5 and 7 old boy and a girl respectively”, he said.
He said ” all of us that were around boast in tears, as we cannot hold our emotions when we saw the father of the 5 children and their mother came to evacuate his 6 corpses.
Also confirming the incident, a driver from Kano motor park Isa Usman said ” I was there when they brought the luggage of the deceased occupants of the 2 vehicles that involved in the accident. The relatives, friends and associates of the deceased, as well as drivers at the park all boast in tears.
Gunmen Suspected to be Kidnappers Abduct Community leader in Yobe
Gunmen Suspected to Be Kidnappers Abduct Community Leader In Yobe.
By Umar Aina Damaturu
The incident happened in Mashio village of Fune Local Government.
Sources have confirmed that the community leader was forcefully dragged away in to the surrounding bush.
Residence in the village have raised concerns and fear as to whether the abductors are Boko Haram sects or Kidnappers.
Families of the victim have confirmed the development but security agencies have not confirmed whether the abductors are Boko Haram insurgents or not.
Yobe; Damagum Youths Making Sanitation Looks Easy
Yobe: Damagum Youths Making Sanitation Looks Easy
By Umar Aina – Damaturu
Damagum youths under the leadership of FUNE YOUTH DEVELOPMENT AND PROACTIVE ASSOCIATION continued with their unrelenting community works across Damagum.
The youths who have previously carried out some extraordinary and exemplary works have expanded their work across all community development related activities.
This time, the youths opened and sanitized an estimated 200 meters of drainage lines.
The event have witnessed the participation and presence of top Local Government officials from LGA DPM to Chairman Committee on Environmental and Sanitation.
The Chairman of the Association, Nasiru Usman depresses his delight while thanking the participants saying; “Words can’t describe my joys and delightfulness for this unprecedented job we are doing, I thank everybody for your hard work and commitment towards making our LGA great, thank you”.
Chairman LGA Environmental and Sanitation Committee, Sani Usman Awu in his speech; “I’m happy with you guys for this development which is rare and I want extend my profound gratitude to the participants, I also call on you to be committed in this historic development”
The Association will soon extend it’s activities to other parts of the local government area according to it’s Publicity Secretary.on
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