News, Northern Bahr el-ghazal

Aweil to crack down on poor sanitation

By Hou Akot Hou


Aweil town municipal council authorities in Northern Bahr El Ghazal State are planning to launch a door-to-door search to crack down on households without sanitation facilities at home, especially pit latrines.

The town council said a committee has been set up to enable them to oversee the recent local order, which directed each household to dig a pit latrine to promote good hygiene in the state.

The deputy Aweil town mayor for planning and development, Mr. Charles Malong Anyuon, stated that the search exercise is in a bid to find out the statistics of the households without pit latrines.

He disclosed that they are going to dispatch the local government officers who put on yellow uniforms, and they will be moving door to door to establish the degree to which the order is being heeded.

“We have made it a directive, as our intention is to ensure that each household has to dig a 2-metre pit latrine in order to avoid the spread of communicable diseases. And everyone has to avoid it” deputy mayor Malong echoed.

He said any household that does not follow their municipal council directive will face a fine of not less than 10,000 South Sudanese pounds.

Most Aweil town households and its neighborhoods have been suffering from infectious diseases, as public health officials blame the rise on a lack of good disposal of waste, including human waste.

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