NYSC harps on clean environments as means to defeat common ailments

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Most of the ailments and common diseases Nigerian People suffer from are as a result of poor environmental sanitation and lack of sensitisation on how to properly take care of the environment.

This assertion was made by the Director of Community Development Service and Special Project, National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Salawu Abdulrazaq, during the National Environmental Sanitation Day which was held in Ido-Osun, Egbedore Local Government Area, Osun State.

According to Salawu, the NYSC came to the realisation to embark on the exercise after results from the Health Initiative for Rural Dwellers (HIRD) indicated that most of the ailments that were treated were as a result of poor sanitation and the lack of sensitisation about it.

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He revealed that more than 60,000 Nigerian People across the country were treated during the health initiative and it was also discovered that most of those affected with the different ailments lacked access to medical facilities apart from the challenge of lack of maintenance of the environment.

“We discovered that most of them because of lack of access to medical facilities in town and some of them may not even be sensitised enough to know the particular ailment they have.

“The most prevalent of all the ailments was malaria and it is an ailment we can control if we can take care of our environment very well.

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“That is why NYSC decided that since we have done the health outreach, let’s go back because of the report to do environmental sanitation.”

Salawu also noted that tackling these ailments is the purpose for organising the NYSC national environmental sanitation day in all the 774 local governments in the country.

He added that since the exercise is not about cleaning and clearing of the environment alone but aimed at sensitising and teaching the people to take care of their environment, corps members had started a sensitisation campaign weeks back in order to eradicate bacteria and other viruses that cause these ailments.

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The Alayemore of Odo-Osun, Oba Adedapo Aderemi noted that the exercise fell under the Sustainable Development Goal agenda number 6 which provided for clean water and sanitation.

While expressing the appreciation of his community, he thanked the NYSC for selecting Ido-Osun as the location for such an enviable exercise.

The NYSC State Coordinator, Ayodele Adegoke stated that despite the fact that the scheme has been organising sanitation exercises, this is the first time it is doing so on a national scale as it is taking place simultaneously across the local governments in the country.

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