Lawmaker calls for end to open defecation among communities

Lawmaker calls for end to open defecation among communities

The chairperson of the specialised committee for water resources in the parliament, Bonguot Amum, called for an end to open defecation in the country.

The legislator raised concerns during the launch of the South Sudan Parliamentary Caucus on Water last Friday.

Bonguot said they are responsible for specific duties that ultimately impact the provision of water, sanitation, and hygiene services to the citizens.

He said the committees from different clusters in the parliament will form the General Assembly and the executive will be charged with sanitation and hygiene in the country.

According to Bonguot, the parliament could reduce open defecation by mobilizing resources and allocating a budget to address the issues.

He added that the budget for sanitation and hygiene facilities is an added advantage to reducing many waterborne diseases that are affecting the population.

“We want to see the reduction in open defecation by introducing the budget in different institutions, for example, roads. When we are constructing roads, we need to include the public toilet along the way so that we will reduce the issue of open defecation and will help us in our health as people,” Bonguot stated.

“Members of the parliament, we need to work very hard to see that roads are open to our counties, our Boma Payam. In order to enable us to do this awareness and campaign, we need the budget, and toilet has to be our slogan, and we need to start action,” he added

The lawmaker said he believes that parliament will play an important role in mobilizing resources, creating awareness, and pushing for policy reform critical to improving water and sanitation services.

Bonguot urged all stakeholders to join the members of the parliament in this noble cause and support the effort toward achieving the shared goal of ensuring access to clean water, adequate sanitation facilities, and proper hygiene in the country.

According to the pooled prevalence report of 2022 published on Tropical Medicine and Health website, open defecation practice among households in sub-Saharan African countries was 22.55 percent.

In South Sudan, for example, a big chunk of the population is still practicing open defecation, putting strain on the already struggling health system.