Today, November 19th marks the World Toilet Day. This year’s theme for the commemoration tagged, “Access to Toilets: Health and Nutrition”, has been launched in Accra by the Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Alhaji Collins Dauda.
Launching the national event, which will be held at the Bukom Square in Accra, the minister said the aim of this year’s commemoration was to reach out to low-income urban communities and mobilise support for the toilet campaign.
“We expect to reach about 1,000 people directly and more than five million indirectly through the media and publicity materials,” Alhaji Dauda said.
Highlights of the 2015 World Toilet Day include the launch of a National Sanitation Challenge Prize among metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies (MMDAs) which will involve a cash reward for the assemblies with the best sanitation plans and a house-to-house awareness creation of the importance of household toilets.
There will also be a queue for toilet and a handwashing demonstration, a role play on stopping open defecation by pupils and commitment statements from national stakeholders, as well as partner organisations.
The World Toilet Day is a day set aside by the United Nations, since 2000, for countries to undertake various activities to remind their citizens of the need to use hygienic toilets at home.
Good toilets are generally scarce in Africa and a day like this is very much encouraged and celebrated to promote the use and provision of toilets. Earlier, it was reported that open defacations are will being practiced in South Africa.