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2017 World Toilet Day: 2.7m People Die Annually Due To Lack Of Sanitation Facilities

At least 2.7million people die annually and 0.8million children die of diarrhoea related diseases every year due to lack of access to improve sanitation facilities and poor hygiene.

The Special Adviser to Osun state governor, Mr Rauf Aregbesola on Water Resources, Rural Development and Community Affairs, Mr Babatunde Ibirogba stated this during the 2017 World Toilet Day held at Oke-Ila in Osun State quoting Shah 2013 statistics.

Ibirogba said it was estimated that about 70% of the world population were without access to improved means of excreta disposal leading to the spread of diarrhoea related diseases like Cholera, Typhoid Fever, and Dysentery among others.

He noted that the current administration in Osun remains committed to efforts that would restore healthy living condition as entrenched in the Six Point Integral Action Plan of Aregbesola’s administration.

The event was organised by the Office of Rural Water and Environmental Sanitation Agency (RUWESA) and the Office of the Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) Ambassador led by the Wife of the Governor, Alhaja Sherifat Abidemi Aregbesola with collaboration from the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) nongovernmental organizations.

He said the European Union (EU) and the United Nation Children Fund (UNICEF) used the occasion to charge Nigerian on best practices on sanitation and hygiene, particularly on the use of toilet.

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