Open defecation : UNICEF to support Katsina construct latrines

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The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says it would provide ”technical support” to support the Katsina State Government construct latrines in markets places and commercial centres in rural communities. All these are parts of efforts to check open defecation in the state.

The UNICEF Communication Specialist, Mr. Rabiu Musa made the disclosure in Katsina.

The UNICEF communication specialist further said that the agency would provide experts who would construct the standard latrines under the Katsina state Government, UNICEF and Private Sector Partnership strategy.

Musa assured that UNICEF would continue to support the state to get out of open defecation by year 2025.

The communication specialist also urged all stakeholders particularly community and religious leaders to intensify efforts in enlightening their people on the need to construct toilets in their houses.

Musa advised people in rural communities to continue to inculcate the habit of using latrines and hand washing after using latrines, as well as before and after eating.

According to him, these measures were necessary as they would assist greatly in reducing outbreak of diseases in the society.

Masari said that the administration had so far provided over 3,500 hand pumps, 100 solar boreholes and constructed 450 latrines in various communities, primary schools and healthcare facilities in the state.

Also, 3,000 communities have been certified Open Defecation Free by the UNICEF, all under the Sanitation, Hygiene and Water in Nigeria (SHAWN) project.

The governor urged the media to assist in sensitising the public on the importance of using latrines in their households as well as dangers associated with the ugly trend of open defecation.