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Moyamba health officer reports unhygienic condition

By Francis Ndanema in Moyamba

The Moyamba District Superintendent of the Environmental Health Unit, Joseph Bundu, has told Vision to Develop the Vulnerable, a community-based organization, that majority of the communities that were earlier declared to be open defecation free (ODF) have again reverted to the habit of defecating in the open.

In March this year, Vision to Develop the Vulnerable (VDV) described toilets constructed by community people as very risky.

According to the deputy coordinator of the organization, Hawa King, the holes dug were covered with sticks that would not last for long, pointing out that the project was not a sustainable one. She cited Tamdale, Kargboro, Ribbi, among others as areas where the soil is weak and cannot withstand the rains; a development she said poses a lot of dangers come the raining season.

Meanwhile, the Moyamba Health Superintendent said communities have reverted to the unhygienic practice of defecating in the open because there was no monitoring done by the ministry.

“We did not undertake proper monitoring of communities that had been declared to be hygienic or open defecation free because there was no funding. We have on several occasions approached UNICEF about the monitoring exercise but nothing has been done in that direction,” he said.

The programme officer, Vision to Develop the Vulnerable, David Kabba, said they were afraid that people were not aware about the looming dangers that hang over them with regards the collapse of their toilets.