The Director-General of the Food Hygiene Initiative of Nigeria (FHIN), Dr Nicholas Karimu advises Nigerians on the need for cleanliness to avoid cholera outbreak.
He gave the advice during a workshop on “The recent outbreak of cholera in Nigeria” organised for FHIN state directors in Abuja.
Karimu said there was need for stakeholders’ collaboration to promote access water supply and sanitation in the rural communities.
According to him, Nigeria is still one of the countries in the world that is cholera endemic, even though the disease is preventable and treatable.
“I call on the residents of FCT and Nigeria at large to keep their environment clean and healthy to guard against infection from any form of disease,” he said.
Karimu said people should be cautious of the kind of food and water they consume and should always keep their surroundings and water clean.
The director-general advised all Nigerians to be mindful of how they managed their surroundings and ensure they observe sanitation exercise regularly.
He expressed concern over the lack of commitment from major sectors towards increased access to potable water and sanitation.
He urged governments at all levels to create emergency working groups and response plan from the rural level to reduce disease outbreaks.
Karimu advised families as well as corporate organisations to re-adopt the use of Tip-Taps and hand sanitisers in public places.
Mr Aboh Sunday, Head of Operation, Safety and Public Health Department, FCTA, said the essence of the workshop was to sensitise the general public on the dangers of cholera outbreak in the country.
Sunday maintained that continuous practice of open defecation, poor personal hygiene, poor environment sanitation, poor access to water supply were causes of endemic diseases.
He noted that hand washing and potable drinking water remained an effective way of preventing any kinds of disease.