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World Toilet Day

19th November, every year has been declared by the United Nations as World Toilet Day. It is aimed at taking action to reach the 2.4 billion people living without a toilet. Thetheme of World Toilet Day 2016 is ‘Toilets and Jobs’, focusing on how sanitation, or the lack of it, can impact people’s livelihoods.

Sanitation is a global development priority. The Sustainable Development Goals, launched in 2015, include a target to ensure everyone everywhere has access to toilets by 2030.  

Toilets play a crucial role in creating a strong economy, as well as improving health and protecting people’s safety and dignity, particularly women’s and girls’.
The UN and its partners are getting the message out that toilets save lives, increase productivity, create jobs and grow economies.
  • 2.4 billion People live without improved sanitation (World Health Organization (WHO)/UNICEF 2015).
  • One in ten people has no choice but to defecate in the open (WHO/UNICEF 2015).
  • Diarrhoea caused by poor sanitation and unsafe water kills 315,000 children every year (WAS-Hwatch 2016).
  • Disease transmission at work mostly caused by poor sanitation and hygiene practices, causes 17% of all workplace deaths (International Labour Organization (ILO) 2003).
  • Loss of productivity due to illnesses caused by lack of sanitation and poor hygiene practices is estimated to cost many countries up to 5% of GDP (Hutton 2012)
Source: http://www.un.org/en/events/toiletday
Toilet picture from:depotkitchen.com
These are some illustrations to improve good sanitation and safe hygiene practices.



It is very important to wash the toilet with water together with toilet wash, made up of detergent, odor Control, and disinfectant as well as toilet brush.



Do not presume that only humans visit your toilet. Fumugate your toilet as often as possible to prevent attacks from insects and reptiles.

It is rather sad that a woman know as Lcpl Ogah Bercy, working with Nigerian Air Force (NAF) under the Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA), died on the World Toilet Day 19th of November 2021 at the Nigerian Air Force Hospital as a result of snake bite in her toilet.


Pit toilet is one of the easiest ways of contracting toilet infections especially for females because of the harmful micro organisms generated from the pit toilet.


The use of toilet with insufficient water for flushing is very hazardous because the excreta are not adequately washed away.


Defecating into the river is one of the sure ways of water borne diseases like diarrhoea, Cholera etc. which kill both the old and young.



Some people enjoy open defecation in the bush and field because it brings them close to natural vegetation as well as the feel of cool breeze. However, it has some disadvantages: (a) Flies can perch from the excreta to the food we eat. (b) It exposes one to the risk of attack by animals and insects e.g. Snakes, Scorpions, etc. (c) Females also run the risk of adoption and rape when they go to the bush to defecate. 

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The correct toilet posture is number 1. Postures 2, 4 and 5 exposes ones genitalia to infections in the toilet. Postures 3, 4, 5, and 6 can lead to the collapse of the toilet and cause physical injure / death. 




More importantly, always clean the toilet seat with tissue before use; especially a public toilet.


Do not use your phone in the toilet. Remember that your phone goes with you to your dining table; bed room, etc. So do not pick infections from your toilet to these places. More still, use of smart phone in the toilet could get you carried away and make use spend more time in the toilet.




Avoid entering the toilet with your handbag as you would definitely drop it on the toilet floor in the course of using the toilet. The bag would actually pick up some harmful micro organisms. Remember that your handbag goes around with you just like your phone.




Hand washing after the use of toilet can never be over emphasized. Regular hand washing keeps you away from germs that are responsible for illnesses like diarrhoae, etc. 

Enjoy your day!

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