Monthly Sanitation Exercise: Govt, Rotary Club Moves To Save The Environment, Plant Trees
By Our Reporter
The Permanent Secretary, Abia State Ministry of Environment, Mr. Iheanyi Ubani has revealed that health education on safe and hygienic practices is being given to Abians following the sudden visit of Cholera in the Southeast and Nigeria as a whole.
Recall that thousands of cases of cholera, an acute diarrhoeal disease caused by Vibrio cholerae bacteria have been reported in Nigeria between January and July 2021. The states of Bauchi, Gombe, Kano, Plateau Zamfara, Enugu State and others are among those affected.
Interacting with newsmen shortly after monitoring the month of July sanitation exercise, Mr. Ubani represented by the Deputy Director, Environmental Health Officer, Department of Pollution Control and Environmental Health, Ministry of Environment, Mrs. Obi-maduka Ihuaku urged Abia residents to cultivate the habit of keeping their sorroundings clean especially as the State is fighting hard to prevent the disease from sneaking into the Abia.
He said the Ministry of Environment will continue sensitising Abians on the need to keep their environments clean, as Cholera, Thyphoid fever, Malaria, COVID-19 among other diseases does not thrive in a healthy environment.
The Ministry of Environment Permanent Secretary who lauded those that participated actively during the exercise, encouraged Abians to always de-silt their drainages and cart away the refuse promptly.
He lauded the State Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu for approving the cleanup exercise in the state and encouraged residents to own it and clean their surroundings regularly.
Meanwhile the Visionary President Rotary Club of Umuahia North, District 9142, Rotarian Emeka Sopuruchi, as well as other Club Presidents in the district joined in the sanitation exercise, geared towards keeping the environment clean.
Interacting with a cross section of Journalists at Umuahia North LGA headquarters, Rtn Sopuruchi who spoke on behalf of other Presidents said that Rotary renders selfless and service oriented projects to humanity and the sanitation exercise is one the services Rotary Club offers to the society.
He disclosed that Rotary Club of Umuahia, Rotary Club of Umuahia Central, Umudike Central, Umuahia Government House, Umuahia North; Rotaract Club of Umuahia Community Based, Rotaract Club of Ikwuano, and Rotaract Club of Michael Okpara University, Umudike, joined the sanitation exercise.
He further revealed that they decided to support government agencies to tidy up the environment and plant trees within Ikwuano and Umuahia to save the environment.
He insisted that Abians need more sensitization to understand the importance of healthy environment.