Cholera: Ambassador urges women to set up sanitation businesses

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IN view of the outbreak of cholera in some parts of the country, the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Ambassador in Nigeria has urged women to create sanitation businesses to curb disease.

Mrs Ebele Okeke, WASH Ambassador and former Head of Civil Service of the Federation, made the call while reacting to the outbreak of cholera in parts of Lagos, Kano, Benue, Plateau and recently, the FCT.

In an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), on Tuesday ,in Abuja, she urged women to create businesses owning and managing low cost sanitary facilities.

These facilities, according to her, include low cost public toilets in communities and parks, water kiosks at bus stations and simple hand washing facilities.

Okeke said that the venture, if carefully and practically undertaken, would create wealth for womenfolk as they are mostly affected by the effects of water-borne diseases.

“Sanitation is very vital to the health of Nigerians; facts showed that proper sanitation like hand washing with soap, ash and clean water, reduces death in children and adults.

“In our market places, parks and schools, we don’t have toilets; women can be encouraged to take up this venture of sanitation facilities, manage them and charge money for them.

“There is a lot of business in this sector; people may ignore sanitary business but it is a need, a necessity.

“If one can engage in it, it will curb cholera and other diseases and also make money for women,” she said.

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