Cholera: NYSC, BASEPA Conduct Sanitation In 20 LGAs
As a way to mitigating the spread of cholera outbreak and other epidemics, the National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) in collaboration with the Bauchi State Environmental Protection Agency (BASEPA) have commenced an environmental sanitation exercise in all the 20 Local Government Areas of the state.
Speaking during the commencement of the exercise in Bauchi today, Thursday July 30, the Bauchi State Coordinator of NYSC, Alhaji Hamisu Abubakar explained that the collaboration came at a time, when the state NYSC was embarking on its national environmental sanitation exercise as ordered by the Director General of the NYSC, Brig-Gen Shuaibu Ibrahim.
Alhaji Hamisu disclosed that the DG observed that most of the ailments diagnosed and treated, following the outcome of the nationwide medical outreach recently conducted on the platform of NYSC Health Initiative for Rural Dwellers (HIRD), were as a result of poor hygiene.
He said: “The Director General observed that most of the ailments diagnosed and treated during our nationwide medical outreach were as a result of poor hygiene. They include chronic diarrhea, dental caries, head and body lice, ringworm, dysentery, typhoid among others.
“He therefore, noted that efforts must be made to save many more lives by empowering the people with adequate information on good grooming and environmental hygiene.
“Many people don’t keep their environment clean, so the NYSC management deems it fit to carry out this national environmental sanitation exercise and also to sensitize the communities.
“In order to broaden the exercise, especially, with the outbreak of cholera in the state, we wrote to BASEPA so as to have synergy, effective coverage and they obliged us with every necessary equipment.
“So, we are in collaboration with BASEPA, we are complementing their efforts in cleaning up Bauchi state”.
The state coordinator, however, called on the people of the state to maintain a high level of hygiene at all times, adding that cleanliness is Godliness.
Also speaking, the Director General of BASEPA, Mr Ibrahim Kabir, who explained that it was the duty of the agency to ensure cleanliness and improved sanitation in Bauchi State, said he was excited to have received a letter from NYSC to conduct such an exercise.
“When we received the letter from the NYSC to conduct this exercise, we were very happy and that’s why it was very easy for us to bring all our equipment to support them.
“As far as we are concerned, this is a gigantic effort from the part of the NYSC and we have to commend them.
“They told us that this is a national environmental sanitation exercise which they were directed to conduct in Bauchi. We are happy they partner with us because we are the agency responsible for this exercise,” he said.
The DG explained that if proper hygiene could be ensured among the communities in the state, more than 70 to 80 per cent of the cholera outbreak would be reduced.
Brave Views gathered that the National Environmental Sanitation exercise was part of the NYSC’s activities to mark the 2021 National Sanitation Day.
Areas to cover in the exercise are market places, motor parks, undesignated dump cites among others.