ESMA Commemorate World Toilet Day 2021

World Toilet Day (WTD) is an official United Nations international observance day which is celebrated annually on 19 November to inspire action to tackle the global sanitation crisis and help achieve Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG 6), which promises sanitation for all by 2030.

The resolution declaring the Day titled “Sanitation for All” (A/RES/67/291) by the UN General Assembly was adopted on 24 July, 2013.

Almost half of the global population or 3.6 billion people lack safe sanitation and every day, over 700 children under age 5 die from diarrhea linked to unsafe water, sanitation and poor hygiene.

Therefore, celebrating this Day (World Toilet Day) each year highlights the importance of sanitation and hygiene in driving improvements in public health, gender equality, education, economic development and environmental protection.

In relation to the above stated importance, the Ejura Sekyedumase Municipal Assembly led by its Environmental Health Department celebrated the World Toilet Day within the Ejura Township. A campaign float was organized under the theme:

“Stop Open Defecation; Own a Household Latrine Now”, Let’s Play our Part in This COVID Era”

to educate and sensitize the public on the importance of owning a household Toilet and the measures put in place by the Government to help acquire them in that regard.

The float commenced from the Ejura Municipal Government Hospital through the principal street of the Ejura township and ended at the Forecourt of the Municipal Assembly where the gathering was addressed by the Municipal Chief Executive Hon. Dr. Kingsley Osei.

In His address, He hinted on the importance of celebrating the World Toilet Day, as it is a platform to get people informed about the benefits of good hygiene and the dangers involved when it is ignored as it does not only affect your health but also your education, finance, environment and many more.

“Access to proper sanitation is a human right and the health of people depend on a healthy environment.”

He said.

He also asked the populace to stop the practice of open defecation as it is against the law which would lead to prosecution when caught in the act and encouraged them to take due advantage of the measures in place by the Government to help provide Toilet for each Household.

He further reminded general public, on the preventive measure of the COVID-19 virus and urge all to be vaccinated if they haven’t as the virus is still in the system and we all need to work together to eradicate it.

He also thanked the campaign float members for helping to educate people on the importance of the World Toilet Day.

Toilets are important because access to a safe functioning toilet has a positive impact on public health, human dignity, and personal safety, especially for females.  Sanitation systems that do not safely treat excreta (feces) allow the spread of disease.

Serious soil-transmitted diseases and waterborne diseases such as cholera, diarrhea, typhoid, dysentery and schistosomiasis can result.


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