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Kaduna KEPA GM makes striking revelation on poor sanitation

…Says, 50% home preventable diseases in Kaduna hospitals are due to poor sanitation.

…To introduce house-to-house sanitation; sanction violators.

by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna

About fifty percent preventable diseases in hospitals in Kaduna State are due to poor sanitation, the new General Manager of Kaduna State Environmental Protection Authority (KEPA), Haj. Maimunatu Abubakar, has revealed.

Haj. Abubakar, who made the revelation in an interview, however, said the diseases could be prevented through improved home sanitation and proper introduction of environmental hygiene.

The trained Nurse-Midwifery and public health Nurse GM also told journalists that she discovered indiscriminate dumping of refuse in the state after resuming the office about two months ago.

She, however, expressed happiness that Governor Nasir El-Rufai had already introduced Integrated Solid Waste Management, saying implementing it would go a long way in controlling a lot of sanitary activities and turn environmental sanitation situation of the state for better.

According to her, to achieve meaningful progress in tackling waste management and environmental sanitation in the state, traditional leaders would be incorporated into the fold.

She said some serious sanitation issues in some far away local government areas could be referred to the traditional leaders to assist the state in addressing them together with KEPA.

“We are going to sanction people without at least a pit lathering or toilets, open defecation, open and improper treatment of well water or boreholes in the state after an aggressive awareness campaign,” she said.

The public sanitation planning expert lamented that the general complaint of Malaria fever in hospitals all over the state was largely due to poor drainage system, vegetation around most residents, among other factors.

Haj. Abubakar added that, KEPA’s house-to-house sanitation policy with sanitary officers would insist on clean and healthy drainage systems and vegetation to avoid mosquito breeding, saying violators will be surprised with sanctions.

On air pollution and dumping of refuse waste by KRPC, breweries and other toxic waste generated companies, she said KEPA has officers that are in-charged, that would ensure air quality pollution are ensured.

On construction, especially roads, she said these would be controlled henceforth, as permission must be sought and approval given by KEPA before any road construction is embarked upon, to reduce its health incidents and dust that are also hazardous to public health.

According to the ex-SEMA boss, dropping and evacuation of wastes alongside major roads, and the popular “Babanbola” would no longer be tolerated or be paid to evacuate refuse dumping anymore. The GM said the methods littered streets, roads and causes traffic inflow, saying KEPA will introduce house-to-house refuse dump evacuation strategy aggressively. 

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