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Senator Bala Mohammed, Governor of Bauchi State

Coalition says 3.9 million people lacking access to WASH services in Bauchi state.

From: Ruth Yarnap, Bauchi

The Coalition of Civil Society Organizations in Bauchi state has revealed that 3.9 million people are lacking access to Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) services in the state.

It also disclosed that Bauchi State has recorded a total of 39,795 cases of Cholera outbreak from 2010-2018 .

The Chairman, Coalition of Civil Society Organizations, Bauchi state, Mr Sodaigi Chindo disclosed this in a press conference at NUJ press center in commemoration of the 2020 Global Hand washing Day with theme Driving political will to end Cholera project in Bauchi, organised by Women Development Association for self sustainance(WODASS) with support from WaterAid .

Mr Sodaigi said that Cholera remains a threat to public health with 1.3-4.0 million cases and 24,000-143,000 death recorded every yearly globally, adding that Nigeria accounts for a large proportion of the cholera burden in Sub-Saharan Africa as the disease is prevalent and seasonal, occurring mostly during the rainy season and often lack clean water and sanitation in that areas.

According to him, “despite the fact that great percentage of households access water wells and water vendors which are vulnerable to contamination, only 15% of households treat their water before drinking while 84.7% do not carry out any form of treatment.41.8% of households depend on wells, 42.5% have access to pipe-borne water, 13.6% have access to boreholes while 4.0% get their water from water vendors”

The Chairman added, “the recurrent outbreak of cholera in Bauchi State is largely attributed to indiscriminate waste (solid and liquid) disposal, inadequate clean water supply in Bauchi metropolis and its environs, and poor hygiene practices. Provision of safe water and sanitation among other things, is critical to controlling the transmission of cholera, ending the epidemic and other waterborne diseases.”

About 71.7% of the state’s population, he said does not have hand washing facilities with soap, saying that 77% of the population uses traditional pit toilets, 13.5% uses poor flush, 3.6% uses water closet, 3.4 don’t use toilets while 0.75% uses ventilated improved pit toilets .

According to him, ending cholera and preventing its spread in Bauchi State requires a multifaceted approach, noting that there is need for improved political will and proactive government action, an increase in surveillance, water and sanitation interventions, Social mobilisation and treatment as well as hygiene promotion.

Mr Sodaigi then appealed to the state government to ensure that sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene interventions are provided in communities and LGAs with poor access to WASH services, scale up the clean family campaign to all LGAs across the three Senatorial zones of the state, domesticate the national WASH COVID-19 guidelines and implement the revised WASH policy and state action plan among others in order to ensure a cholera and COVID 19 free state.

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