The Director General of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brig.-Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim, has identified environmental sanitation as one of the key requirements for prevention of diseases in the country.
He said efforts must be stepped up to enlighten the general public, especially the rural dwellers, on the health risks of poor hygiene with particular focus on the prevention of contamination of food, water and the entire environment’.
“It may interest you to know that during the nationwide medical outreaches recently conducted on the platform of the NYSC Health Initiative for Rural Dwellers, most of the ailments diagnosed and treated were as a result of poor hygiene.
“I wish to assure Nigerians that we will not rest on our oars as we continue to offer health and other services including environmental protection.
He noted that some of the ailments caused by poor hygiene included; chronic diarrhoea, ringworm, dysentery, typhoid, polio, scabies trachoma, Hepatitis A and malaria, amongst others.
Ibrahim said efforts must be made to save many more lives by empowering people with adequate information on good grooming and environmental hygiene.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the sanitation exercise was carried out in major public places such as government offices, local government secretariats, palaces, markets, motor parks, gutters and drainages on major roads.
The exercise took place in all the local governments areas of the state. (NAN)