Osun First Lady Decries Open Defecation - THE ENCOUNTER NEWS

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Friday, September 6, 2019

Osun First Lady Decries Open Defecation

Mrs. Kafayat Oyetola
OSOGBO – Wife of the Osun state governor, Alhaja Kafayat Oyetola, has lamented the practice of defecating in the open places, describing it as major developmental challenges facing the state.

Mrs. Oyetola, who made the remarks during a conference on the eradication of open defecation in Osun west senatorial district in Ikire, admonished residents of the state to desist from the practice in order to safeguard their health and get rid of diseases.

She noted that open defecation carries grave health consequences for all of us as it serves as a destroyer of our health and pollutant of the environment.

“Every time we step out to openly defecate, we are deliberately inviting water borne diseases such as diarrhea, cholera and typhoid to ravage.This is apart from the fact that the diseases occurring from the practice could enhance sexual and other violence against our women and our girls especially when they have to go out in the dark to defecate in the open places.”

She said Governor Oyetola’s administration has made healthcare one of the major pillars of its programmes by being committed to enhancing the health facilities in the State especially the primary health care facilities.

She enjoined mothers, especially the nursing ones to exclusively breastfeed newborns for the first six months.
She stressed that researches have shown that breastmilk provides the ideal nutrition for infants.

“Babies who are breastfed exclusively for the first 6 months, without any formula, have fewer infections, respiratory illnesses, and bouts of Diarrhoea. Diarrhea is a leading disease arising from open defecation practice.”

She implored mothers to be at the forefront of this campaign to stop open defecation in order to guarantee the health of our communities and the state.

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