By Patience Ogbodo
Bauchi -Â THE Bauchi State Government has been urged to introduce monthly environmental sanitation in order to improve the poor sanitary conditions of the street and houses in the state.
According to a communiquÃ© issuedÂ by participants at the end of a two-day workshop organised by Bauchi State Agency for the Control of HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Leprosy (BACATMA) forÂ journalists in the state, the introduction of the monthly environmental sanitation would improve the cleanliness of the state.
The communique which was jointy signed by the communique drafting committee, Iliya Habila, Ishola Michael and Mohammed Ibrahim also called on the state government to adequately equip and fund environmental and sanitation agencies particularly Bauchi State Environmental Protection Agency (BASEPA) in order to make the agency more proactive.
It stated further that poor environmental sanitation was responsible for most of the disease outbreak in the society. It noted that poor environmental sanitation, the blocking of water sewage were responsible for the outbreak of malaria fever which accounts for the high proportion of diseases in the society.
According to the comunique, in spite of the various efforts made by government and donor agencies, malaria remains one of the killer diseases in the country.Â ItÂ Then called on the state government and stakeholders to step effort in ensuring the eradication of malaria diseases in the country.
It commended government’s effort in the distribution of insecticide treated nets and long lasting insecticide nets to the people, saying the use of these nets wouldÂ reduce the incident of malaria attack particularly on pregnant women and children.