An environmental health expert in Ministry of environment and water resources, Mr. Ibrahim Adekunle has urged the three tiers of government to invest in liquid waste management and prevent people from indiscriminate dumping of waste to reduce malaria scourge.
In an interview with the eDokita, Mr. Ibrahim urged people to imbibe the culture of taking care of their environment.
Environmental insecurity is not just outside, but can also be found in child’s home or school. The environment our children found themselves affects them differently than adults. Because their bodies are still growing, children are at higher risk if they are exposed to environmental contaminants. Bacteria and other harmful chemicals can be a threat to anyone’s health, especially to young children.
According to him, governments should invest in advocacy sensitization, fumigation and other basic facilities to enforce the war against indiscriminate dumping of solid and liquid waste.
“Governments should enforce discipline on those who liter the environment indiscriminately with solid and liquid waste to stop breeding of mosquitoes and combat malaria in the country,’’ he said.
“Indiscriminate dumping of solid and liquid waste or uncollected solid waste can block the drains leading to flooding and spread of waterborne diseases.
He added that millions of children die as a result of living or schooling in an unhealthy environment. Environmental-related diseases; such as air, water and soil pollution, chemical exposures, climate change, and ultraviolet radiation contribute to more than 100 diseases and injuries which may endangered the life of the children.
“Solid waste that is not properly disposed of, especially excreta and other refuse from households and the community, pose serious health hazard, which can lead to the spread of infectious diseases.
“Unattended waste lying around attracts flies, rats, and other creatures that in turn spread diseases.
“This also leads to unhygienic conditions and rise in health problems,’’ he said.
He however noted that in some countries, more than one-third of the disease burden could be prevented by environmental changes. “I there by implore our leader to look into making our environments conducive for us so that our children can be free from diseases. It has been demonstrated that children are more vulnerable than adults to environmental factors because, they are still growing and their immune systems and detoxification mechanisms are not yet fully developed.”
Mr. Ibrahim urged Nigerians to preach attitudinal change toward solid and liquid waste management.