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315,000 children die of poor sanitation annually — Murgai

By Gabriel Olawale

The Managing Director, RB West Africa, Mr. Rahul Murgai, has expressed displeasure over the global burden of child death as a result of preventable poor sanitation.

Open defecation is one of the factors contributing to poor sanitation

Murgai disclosed that no fewer than 315,000 children die every year through poor sanitation and unsafe water caused by diarrhoea while 4.5 billion people live without a household toilet that safely disposes of their waste.

Murgai who spoke at the 2017 World Toilet Day organized by RB in partnership  with the Lagos State Ministry of Environment, said that a large number of women and children in Nigeria are exposed to the risk of contracting infections due to lack of access to sanitation which impacts on health, dignity, and safety.

“The 2017 World Toilet Day with the theme “WasteWater” is focusing on the link between sanitation and proper disposal of wastewater, drawing the world’s attention to the importance of sanitation as a job opportunity whilst reducing open defecation and promoting better hygiene practices in the prevention of diseases such as Diarrhoea and toilet infections, especially in women and children.

“Harpic, Nigeria’s toilet cleaning brand from Reckitt Benckiser the market leader in health, hygiene and home care products has taken on the challenge of creating awareness and educating Nigerians on the importance of better hygiene practices and improved health through prevention of open defecation. This year, Harpic has taken the sensitisation on the treatment and proper disposal of sewage or wastewater to In-ward Lagos Park, Ojodu Berger, Lagos.

During the sensitisation exercise, the Representative of the Lagos State Governor; the Commissioner for the Environment, Dr. Samuel Babatunde Adejare, commissioned the renovated public toilets at Ojodu Berger.

Also speaking at the event, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of the Environment, Mr Abiodun Bamgboye said that they have educated sewage management authorities on proper disposal and recycling of wastewater.

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