Ro­tary seeks end to open defe­ca­tion

The Punch - - HEALTH WISE - Dayo Ojerinde

THE Dis­trict Gov­er­nor, Ro­tary In­ter­na­tional Club, Dis­trict 9110, Dr Jide Ak­eredolu, has ad­vo­cated for the pro­vi­sion of toi­let and fa­cil­i­ties to cube the men­ace of open defe­ca­tion in the coun­try.

Speak­ing dur­ing the un­veil­ing of a bore­hole and a ren­o­vated toi­let fa­cil­ity at Yewa Pri­mary School, Orile-agege re­cently said the curb­ing of open defe­ca­tion would re­duce the rate at which the pupils’ con­tract dis­eases.

He said, “The Ro­tary club has iden­ti­fied ar­eas where many com­mu­ni­ties are lack­ing as we re­alised that the gov­ern­ment can­not do it all. One of the ar­eas of fo­cus of the Ro­tary Club in serv­ing the com­mu­nity is in the area of wa­ter san­i­ta­tion and hy­giene.

“We have ren­o­vated the toi­let which used to be a pit toi­let to a mod­ern toi­let and con­structed a bore­hole for the school. I can as­sure you that the rate of sick­ness among staff and stu­dents will re­duce with these in­ter­ven­tions now that there is clean, potable wa­ter avail­able to them.”

Ak­eredolu added that the lack of toi­let fa­cil­ity was one of the rea­sons peo­ple en­gage in open defe­ca­tion.

“The ren­o­vated toi­let fa­cil­ity be­ing un­veiled will curb open defe­ca­tion among the pupils. This will, in turn, re­duce the rate of dis­ease in the school. Lack of ad­e­quate toi­let fa­cil­i­ties is one of the rea­sons peo­ple en­gage in open defe­ca­tion,” he said.

The Pres­i­dent Ro­tary In­ter­na­tional Club of New Towns, Oko-oba, Mr Tunde Orija, said the fa­cil­i­ties were un­veiled to com­ply with the Ro­tary In­ter­na­tional four-way fo­cus of ser­vice to hu­man­ity.

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