Nigerians have been encouraged to join the fight against open defecation in their communities to reduce the cases of diarrhoea, cholera, Neglected Tropical Diseases, NTDs, and other public health ailments.

Ogun State Commissioner for Health, Dr Tomi Coker gave this advice at the inauguration of a twin-toilet facility which she facilitated for the Ikeye people of Gbagura in Abeokuta North Local Government alongside her former classmates in the School of Policy, Politics and Governance.

Dr Coker noted that open defecation has become a menace which every inhabitant in the country should strive against, noting that many children and pregnant women had been sent to an early grave as a result of its consequences.

She acknowledged that Abeokuta North was prominent for open defecation in the country, hence the reason for her decision with about seven of her former coursemates from the Public Health Sector in different parts of the world to erect the facility within the Ikeye locality.

In a remark, the Agura of Gbagura, Oba Sabur Bakre who was represented by the Balogun Ijaye Kukudi, Chief Rasak Obe, said the project would go a long way in reducing open defecation around the area and expressed gratitude to the Commissioner for Health and her course mates for the donation.

Also, the Chairman, Community Development Council, Irewolede Area, Mr AbdulFatai appreciated the timely donation and assured that residents would not fail to ensure the proper use of the toilet.

The donated toilet has two chambers, a pumping machine and water sources to ensure hygienic usage of the facility and promote hand washing among its beneficiaries in the community.

Olusegun Folarin

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