Youths sensitize community members on cholera outbreak, advocate for SDGs clean water

NEWS DIGEST – The usefulness of water in our everyday activities cannot be overlooked, in whatever way. It is believed as part of the basic means of livelihood for humans. In every home, water remains one of the necessities to survive and engage in many other tasks at home and work.

The economy of every country also depends on water in manufacturing, farming, tourism, recreation, energy production, health system and many other sectors.

Health wise, the importance of water plays a significant role in energizing our heart, immune and body systems. One of the importance of this is, it aids the regular flow of blood in the human body and helps in hydration.

Water does not only helps to regulate body temperature; it carries nutrients to all cells in our body and oxygen to our brain;  allows the body to absorb and grasp minerals, vitamins, amino acids, glucose, and other substances; it flushes out toxins and waste; and many other functions.

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) highlights Clean Water as one of the goals targeted to be achieved across the world. Relating to this too, the World Health Organization mandates intake of clean water for both young and old.

In projecting the SDGs and mandate of the  World Health Organisation on clean water, a group of young minds in Kaduna state, Nigeria, had on the 28th of August, 2021, sensitized members of the community on the usefulness of clean water in a campaign called, #WalknSnapForCleanwater.

The Walk ‘N Snap for clean water took place at Barnawa axis of Kaduna South in the state, where the group sensitized young and old on the health benefits of taking clean water often and also stop pouring water in drainage not to attract mosquitoes.

The youths also educate the community on the outbreak, prevention and control of cholera which is currently affecting states in the country.

Speaking on the reasons why this was organised, Taiwo Majekodunmi who serves as the Coordinator explained that the goal is to inform people on ways to prevent diseases and keep their body system healthy. He said: “Basically, it was inspired by the recent cholera outbreak, and we felt more education need to be done at the grassroot level, hence the reason for it. And we are willing to continue this from time to time.”

Members of the community appreciated the voluntary efforts of educating them and also promised to put into practice the use of clean water.