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Philippines – Dagupan okays first of its kind health, sanitation code

DAGUPAN CITY, Jan. 16 (PNA)–The city council here has passed Dagupan’s own comprehensive health and sanitation code which was dubbed as a “milestone legislation”.

City Health Officer Leonard Carbonell hailed the code authored by Councilors Jesus Canto and Michael Fernandez, that codified all national laws and existing city ordinances dealing on health and sanitation.

He said he was able to ask the authors of the code to insert as one of its provisions proper septic management practices for homes and industries so that the city’s aquifer would be protected.

The code was passed during the regular session on Monday by the city council presided over by Vice Mayor Belen Fernandez.

The overall objective of the code is to make the land, air and water of Dagupan safer for the benefit of its more than 150,000 population, he said.

The code was drafted by the council consistent with the Sustainable Sanitation in East Asia (SUSCEA) of which Dagupan City is one of the pilot places in the Philippines.

The sanitation code likewise has provisions regarding food and water and also sets sanitary requirements for all establishments and business, practices which were not observed before.

“It is a milestone legislation in the sense that you can count in your fingers the number of cities with existing sanitation code and gladly, Dagupan is now one of them,” he said.

Read More – Philippines News Agency

Nigeria – Sokoto Establishes Sanitation Mobile Courts

Following the re-introduction of monthly sanitation in Sokoto by the state government, sanitation mobile courts are to be established to try violators of sanitation laws.

Permanent Secretary, Sokoto State Ministry of Environment Engr. Muhammed Jabi Shagari said this while addressing offenders during the flag off of the monthly exercise at the weekend. Six vehicles and 32 motorcycles were apprehended for violating sanitation rules.

According to Engr. Jabi Shagari, the Sokoto state Task Force Committee on Environmental Sanitation was lenient to them as the exercise was re-launched that day.

He said the committee would be very strict during subsequent exercise and that anyone apprehended would be punished accordingly.

The permanent secretary called on motorists and motorcyclists to refrain from movement during the exercise, while urging all members of the public to cooperate with the state government in order to ensure good sanitary condition of the state capital.

He said it is vital that traders and residents ensure that their surroundings are kept clean at all times.

Chairman of the committee and state commissioner for Local Government Affairs, Alhaji Tsalha Sidi Mamman who noted the large turn out of the various groups and organizations for the sanitation exercise, said the gesture contributed to the success recorded.

He said it is their determination to ensure the restoration of the lost glory of the state capital as one of the cleanest cities in the country.

Read More – allAfrica.com

Uganda: Kayunga leaders arrested over latrines

ABOUT 26 people, one of them a sub-county councillor and four LC1 officials, have been arrested for lack of pit latrines [and taken to court]. This follows [an] operation by the Police led by the Kayunga sub-county health inspector, Abasa Kaneha.

[…] Most of the residents did not have pit latrines and many, including the NRM chairman for Nakaseeta parish, Andrew Kalyango fled, Kaneha said. “We will arrest anybody irrespective of which leadership position they hold. We plan to cover the entire sub-country,” he said.

Kaneha said the operation was meant to ensure that the cholera outbreak that was reported in Kayunga town would not spread to the villages.

Source: Charles Jjuuko, New Vision, 30 Nov 2008

Ghana – Zoomlion Calls For Sanitation Court

The Accra Zonal Supervisor of Zoomlion Ghana Limited, Mr Robert Coleman, has urged the government to, as a matter of urgency, create a special court to prosecute people who disobey sanitation regulations.

That, he observed, would go a long way to help the country to resolve the increasing sanitation menace.

“If the government endorsed the creation of the motor courts to address issues of road safety, then it is also imperative that special sanitation courts are created to instil sanitation consciousness among the people, ”he contended.

Mr Coleman made the call in an interview with the Daily Graphic during a clean-up and beautification campaign organised by zoomlion in some parts of Accra.

“This clean-up exercise is very important, because given the historic nature of this year’s presidential and parliamentary elections, delegates from other African countries and the European Union, including Ghanaians from the Diaspora as well as the international community will be in Ghana to witness the elections,” he stated, adding that there was the need to beautify the capital, particularly in view of the coming Christmas festivities.

Mr Coleman said the Zoomlion thought it wise, as they did during the Ghana @ 50 celebrations and the CAN 2008 tournament, to clean up and also beautify the national and regional capitals by painting pavement walls along major ceremonial roads.

The campaign, dubbed: “Peace Clean-up” was in collaboration with Krafty Hospitality, a non-governmental organisation (NGO), in conjunction with the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), some market women associations, members of selected churches and the office of the National Chief Imam.

Some of the major roads to be beautified, include roads from Shiashie to the Airport Junction, 37 Military Hospital, through to the Ako Adjei Interchange to the Kwame Nkrumah Danquah Circle.

Mr Coleman urged the government to liaise with the appropriate authorities to outline a comprehensive sanitation policy to ensure that sanitation laws were enforced, and that must include the reintroduction of the “Saman Saman” (sanitation inspection task force).

Source – Graphic Online

India, Tamil Nadu: Manual scavenging continues in State: SKA

Murugamma and Thirupalamma leave their homes early morning to clean human excreta. They are safai karamcharis, who are permanent employees of the Chennai Corporation and perform this daily chore at the dry latrines in Gandhi Nagar, Pallavan Salai, near General Hospital.

Inspite of earning Rs 6,000 per month, they are still looked down upon and treated as untouchables. For them, the international year of sanitation does not make much difference.

The Safai Karamchari Aandolan (SKA), in its survey of 19 districts, identified 171 manual scavengers in Tamil Nadu [excluding] unofficial manual scavengers. {…] Bezwada Wilson, national convener of SKA, said that not a single person had been prosecuted for violating the Employment of Manual Scavengers and Construction of Dry Latrines (Prohibition) Act, 1993 by the State.

Source: Nalini Ravichandran, Express Buzz, 23 Oct 2008

Uganda: 11 million lack latrines

Speaking at the opening of a two-day sanitation workshop at Mt. Elgon Hotel in Mbale town,  state minister for water, Jennifer Namuyangu, urged the public to practice hygiene and proper sanitation in order to control diseases.

According to the health ministry statistics, about 11.2 million people in the country do not have latrines.

Namuyangu said safe water and sanitation issues are not only about disease prevention, but also human dignity. “Easing yourself in the bushes could lead to contracting diseases and even sexual harassment,” she warned.


The Mbale district chairman, Bernard Mujasi, said enforcing sanitation laws in homes had not succeded because the village leaders were preferred to the district leaders. Mujasi said in the 1960s and 70s, latrine coverage in the country was over 90% because chiefs had powers to enforce sanitation laws in the communities, unlike today where LC officials just watch the bad situation because they fear to lose their positions during elections.

Source: Joseph Wanzusi, New Vision, 25 Sep 2008

India, Chhattisgarh: flushed out for failing to flush

Officials in the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh are being removed from their elected seats for not constructing flushing toilets.

Bilaspur district administration says it has sacked about 100 members for not building toilets in their homes.

Many people in India do not have access to flush toilets or other latrines.

But under new local laws, representatives are obliged to construct a flush toilet within a year of being elected.

Those who fail to do so face dismissal.

Read more: Faisal Mohammad Ali, BBC News, 18 Sep 2008