‘Dig and bury’ excreta management takes over Kogi IDP camps

The Society for Water and Sanitation (NEWSAN), has introduced `Dig and bury’, an innovation to manage disease outbreak from open defecation practice in Internally Displaced Persons’ camps in Kogi state.

Mrs Roseline Alabi, NEWSAN state coordinator, said on Friday, that this became necessary following displacements and humanitarian concerns from the floods.

Alabi said the four IDP camps have been properly educated on dangers of open defecation practice, saying this could lead to cholera and preventable diseases.

“We are working progressively in ensuring that they stop open defecation in the IDP camps, so what we do was to go round the IDP camps, to sensitise them.

“Because there are a lot of open defecation and it can bring cholera and other diseases, so we now advise them that since we don’t have enough toilet, now advise them to dig and bury.

“That is the next option to dig and bury and I thank God that the state government has come to the aid of those people in IDP camps to do more of doable toilets for them.’’

She said the organisation also carried out hand washing activities and educated them on its importance and critical times to wash their hands.

She said NEWSAN carried out routine distribution of basic hygiene supplies, health supplies, and sanitary kits to women and young girls.

She said media advocacy would encourage and create awareness on benefits of hand washing, commending the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) for coordination of humanitarian interventions.

Alabi however called for the inclusion of its members in the flood control and response committee so as to ensure coordination and improve the lives of the populace.

“We have paid advocacy to the deputy governor because these flood activities are under his purview through the agency SEMA, and we have been going round together to ensure that they follow procedure, they wash their hands correctly and consistently and also they ensure that their environment is neat.

“We promote hygiene, we eradicate cholera, because that cholera it scares me, any cholera can affect the whole state, so that is what we do, but for now, there is no outbreak of cholera’’. The coordinator added that more advocacies would be done to critical stakeholders, in prioritising access to potable water and sanitation in the state.

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