Saturday, 23 November 2013

Filthy latrines behind 80 percent of waterborne plagues - report

From IPP Media/The Guardian, Dar es Salaam
By The Guardian reporter

More than 80 percent of waterborne diseases in Misungwi District are caused by the use of unhygienic toilets, District Commissioner, Mariam Lugaila (Photo) has said noting that 60 percent of the residents in Mwanza use temporary and unhygienic latrines.

The study findings released during the World’s Toilet Day on November 19 which also gave accord to the World Hand washing day on October 21, this year observed to put emphasis on the importance of hygiene and sanitation.

She said the district authority is determined to raise the percentage of hand washing after visiting toilets among its residents from 17 percent to 30 percent.

In that respect, she called on Misunwgi residents to build permanent and hygienic toilets that will keep them and their families away from epidemic diseases like cholera and dysentery.

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