Residents of Ogun State have been urged to prioritize their health by refraining from dumping waste in rivers and drainages, as it contributes to the spread of cholera and other diseases.

The appeal was made by the state Commissioner for Health, Tomi Coker, during the 2024 World Environmental Day celebration held in Kuto, Abeokuta, on Wednesday.

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Coker stressed the vital link between the environment and health, highlighting that improper disposal of garbage negatively affects people’s well-being.

The connection between the environment and our health is undeniable. Improper waste disposal directly impacts human well-being, as contaminated water sources lead to diarrheal diseases.

When waste is irresponsibly dumped, it not only pollutes water bodies but also causes blockages, exacerbating flooding and increasing the risk of diseases such as cholera.

In addition to waste disposal, avoiding open defecation is crucial in preventing diarrheal illnesses. It’s a collective responsibility to prioritize environmental consciousness for the betterment of public health.

The Commissioner emphasized the importance of avoiding open defecation, highlighting its role in causing diarrhea. She explained that defecating in rivers or openly contaminates water sources when rain washes waste into wells and rivers, leading to diarrheal diseases.