5. Nigeria: One Million Ogun Residents Engage in Open Defecation – Health Ministry
The Ogun State Ministry of Health on Monday said over one million residents of the state engage in open defecation.The ministry reports that the practice remains a major cause of Hepatitis, especially among children.
This was made known at a one-day Health Seminar organised by the National Association of Community Health Practitioners of Nigeria (NACHPN) in Abeokuta.Delivering a lecture at the ceremony, Olusola Afuape of the Department of Public Health,Ogun State Ministry of Health, explained that the figure represented 28.8 percent of a total population of 3,751,140. He lamented that the figure kept increasing by the day day, saying the development had a serious public health implications. “Approximately, 1,080,328 residents of Ogun State practice open defecation,especially in the rural areas,” he said. “This figure represent 28.8 percent of 3,751,140 the population.” Mr. Afuape, a field officer and a member of the state onchocerciasis control team in the Ministry of Health, noted that open defecation contributes to the spread of the deadly Hepatitis disease, and that it accounts for the highest number of deaths of children under the ages of five.