Environmental sanitation key requirement for prevention of diseases – NYSC

Director General of National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brig.-Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim, has identified environmental sanitation as one of key requirements for prevention of diseases in the country.

Ibrahim said this at kick-off of 2021 NYSC National Environmental Sanitation exercise on Saturday in Akure.

director-general who was represented by NYSC Ondo State Coordinator, Mrs Victoria Ani, said environmental sanitation helped prevent escalation of diseases to epidemic proportion.

Ibrahim said scheme would not relent in providing adequate information that would save lives of citizens and residents of the country.

He said efforts must be stepped up to enlighten general public, especially rural dwellers, on 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 nationwide medical outreaches recently conducted on platform of 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.

” I am particularly hopeful about prospects of this exercise because with regular sanitation, malaria and other related diseases will be reduced to barest minimum,” he said.

He noted that some of 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.

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)