REVEALED: Over 89% Of Nigerian Households Consume Faeces-Contaminated Water

Mrs Maureen Zubie-Okolo, a Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist with UNICEF, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the water and sanitation circumstance in the nation was troubling.

She said albeit 64.1 for every penny of Nigerians approached enhanced drinking water sources, North-East states were, in any case, lingering behind with 52.4 for every penny, while South-West states top the diagram with 87.3 for each penny of its inhabitants approaching enhanced water sources.

“Around two out of each three families utilize enhanced water sources, while somewhat more than 33% utilize enhanced sanitation contrasted with 58.5 percent and 31 for every penny separately in 2011.

As per the report, lion’s share speaking to 90.8 for every penny of family units in Nigeria, drink water polluted by excrement and other tainted substances like Ecoli.

 

Zubie-Okolo said there was the requirement for more support to all levels of government to make arrangements and projects that would expand access to enhanced water sources and sanitation.

She said it was a well established certainty that water-borne illnesses, for example, diarrheal had been the main source of healing center confirmations, particularly among under-five youngsters.

The UNICEF official said access to fundamental water and sanitation would advance prosperity of subjects and lessen preventable sicknesses and passings among the people.

As indicated by her, the MICS report, completed in 2017 by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), in a joint effort with UNICEF, demonstrates the nation’s advance and slips by in key territories of improvement.

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She said the general objective was to advocate for an adjustment in strategy definition and usage for the improvement of the country.

Mrs Elizabeth Ugoh revealed to NAN that the Federal Ministry of Water Resources, was working with the Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON) to authorize the National Standard for Drinking Water Quality.

Ugoh, a Deputy Director, Water Quality Control and Sanitation in the service stated, “the service is approaching all Nigerians drinking water from borehole and different sources to routinely test their water in labs the nation over to diminish devouring unwholesome water.

“We are additionally approaching borehole drillers to maintain the National Drilling Code of Practice,” she included.

As indicated by her, six new research centers are being developed in the six geo-political zones by the Federal Government to enhance water quality and standard in the nation.

Ugoh said that the six existing research centers were lacking because of the nation’s substantial populace.

It would be reviewed that UNICEF had approached the media to utilize information news coverage to help feature slips by being developed files and the general objective of meeting the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.

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