315,000 Children Die of Poor Sanitation Annually’

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The Managing Director, RB West Africa, Mr. Rahul Murgai, has said that no fewer than 315,000 children die yearly due to poor sanitary conditions.

He said this at the 2017 World Toilet Day programme and the inauguration of renovated toilet facilities at Ojodu-Berger, Lagos, by RB in partnership with the Lagos State Ministry of Environment.

Murgai lamented that a significant number of houses in Nigeria lacked toilets and waste disposal facilities, a situation, he claimed, had increased their risk of developing diarrhoea and other water-borne diseases.

“The 2017 World Toilet Day with the theme “Waste water” is focused on drawing the world’s attention to the importance of sanitation and the need to reduce open defecation while promoting better hygiene practices in the prevention of diseases such as diarrhoea and infections, especially in women and children,” he said.

The Commissioner for the Environment, Dr. Babatunde Adejare, who spoke at the event, said the agency would continue to sensitise Lagosians on proper waste disposal while also training its sewage management officials on ways to recycle waste water.