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Health » HOW DO WE STOP OPEN DEFECATION ? by: Obajichi(f) .:. Tue, 28 Feb, 2023 - 05:10:39:pm GMT
Open defecation is the act of passing out excreta in public places without proper disposal or covering.

This is an age long practice in some under developed and developing countries.

I remember while living in Lagos some years back , whenever we drove on the Mainland Bridge , you could sight people who lived very close to the Lagoon defecating below .

This was always an eyesore on the city of Lagos.

The narrative hasn't changed much now because with the pressure mounted on people which has reduced, they have returned to their old lifestyle and it's nit just in Lagos but other places in Nigeria too .

In Nigeria, it is only Cross Rivers state that has been able to get rid of that since 2019.

Despite the fact that India is more populated , Nigeria has a higher case of more open defecation than India.

This is degrading. Countries that have issues with open defecation are known to suffer from poverty, malnutrition, deaths and poor sanitation.

One of the ways I feel this can be stopped is by creating awareness of the risk of doing such .

People need to be brought to the fore that such is highly dangerous to our health.

Let the media and health experts sensitive people on the need to desist from doing such as continuing that way could lead to epidemics which may not be easily contained as we may not be prepared to handle such overwhelming outbreaks.

What other ways do you think open defecation can be stopped ?

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Re: HOW DO WE STOP OPEN DEFECATION ? by: SamuelKingsley93(m) .:. Thu, 02 Mar, 2023 - 07:47:53:pm GMT

I'm not sure open defecation can be curbed totally because Nigeria is still a developing country. Most places are not well developed so they can easily go to one corner and do their thing.
This normally occurs in crowded places. For instance, in the university, public schools to name a few. To reduce the rate of open defecation, any general gathering place must be well built with good toilets.
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Re: HOW DO WE STOP OPEN DEFECATION ? by: Oluwatomisin(f) .:. Thu, 02 Mar, 2023 - 10:50:38:pm GMT

Open defecation has been a long-time thing and this situation is something we do see daily and if not daily we do see them around us. The problem is not about the government finding something to do to it the problem is us abusing what the government had provided.

There are some houses where married couples with kids lived that have a toilet but due to the blockage of the soakaway, they didn't repair it. Instead, they start doing open defecation thereby causing a lot of damage to the environment.

Our environment is meant to be clean always because whatever affects the environment will affect us so therefore open defecation should be prohibited for the betterment of our environment.

Everyone living in the environment should take responsibility for their environment by cleaning it and also abiding by the rules that guide the environment and the people.

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Re: HOW DO WE STOP OPEN DEFECATION ? by: Wonders(f) .:. Fri, 03 Mar, 2023 - 02:00:40:am GMT

Hmmmmm. I hope that regardless of whatever I wrote, you all don't interpret that I'm just trying to blame everything on the government. This is because that isn't my intention, instead, I'm just penning down my opinion. Therefore I stand to be corrected.

I had to read everyone's comments and think carefully before I wrote down anything. The truth to me is that this defecation issue is the fault of the government.

Sure, we will always have dirty people among us. However, I still believe that if the government had provided more than enough public toilets in the first place, we won't be having this issue.

I watch action movies a lot and you'll just see someone on the run enter a public toilet that's so clean and well-furnished. Creating more than enough public toilets enough won't cut it. They'll need to provide special cleaners that'll clean it regularly.

We'll all agree that getting cleaners who will be in charge of taking care of the toilet means more employment opportunities as well. An average Nigerian knows how to use and maintain a standard toilet. Except for emergency cases where someone's in a hurry. This is where the help of toilet cleaners comes in.

Someone commented that a family will resort to the public toilet because they couldn't fix theirs at once. My question is if there's more than enough money to repair one's private toilet, will one refuse and say that they prefer to defecate just anywhere? Well, to me only a mad person will do that.

Yes, any family that resorts to defecating anyhow did that because they don't have money to repair theirs at home. Or because they don't have any at all. And whose fault is it that there's much poverty and suffering in the country right now?

It is with these few points of mine that I still maintain that this defecation issue is the fault of no one else but the government. Also, the number one individual that's responsible for a change of that is the government!

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Re: HOW DO WE STOP OPEN DEFECATION ? by: A_bFonte(m) .:. Fri, 10 Mar, 2023 - 11:05:32:am GMT

This is one thing that is very disheartening and personally the government is making an effort to implement this change with adequate policies even though it may appear insufficient and most times with inadequate legislation and enforcement but we need to shift this from our government.

Firstly you and I are agents of change, if there is one thing we shouldn't do, by all instinct we all know better but we are so engrossed with the s👎called nobody can arrest me and we do it just like that.

Open defecation is a menace in this country and we can do better if provided we can bring that change as well. Mostly in lagos like you cited there are public toilets but you have to pay like #50 to use them, but the people do not want to pay, they just feel like why should I and end up doing their stuff openly. Whereas these little amounts
account for the maintenance and cleaning of this public toilet?


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Re: HOW DO WE STOP OPEN DEFECATION ? by: Queen(f) .:. Mon, 20 Mar, 2023 - 07:53:23:pm GMT

I don't think that it can be stopped because for years people have been doing it out there in the open so even if the government should put a law to stop it, I still feel that it won't still end.
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