Friday, 21 November 2008

Lack of toilets exposes Mwanza City residents

From The Citizen, Dar es Salaam
By Jane Kajoki, Mwanza

Only less than half of the people in Mwanza City are using proper toilets, officials have said.

The majority are exposed to waterborne diseases due to poor sanitary facilities.

Dr Meshack Masi, the regional medical officer, said a significant number of people on the outskirts of the city were using plastic bags, which they dump willy-nilly, each time nature called.

The city's official records show that only 47.2 per cent of the residents use proper toilets, while 139 institutions lack durable and quality latrines, he said during the occasion to mark 'Toilet Usage Day' at Saba Saba grounds.

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