INTERSOS commends communities for hygiene maintenance

Hygiene Officer working of INTEERSOS an International Organization based in Torit commends the communities of Torit in general and Mairo C. Village particularly for maintaining hygiene in their households.

Early this week, INTERSOS with support from UNICEF and in collaboration with the State government declared Mairo C. village as Open Defecation Free.

Speaking to the Press at the declaration, Amanya Angelo Momoi says the declaration came after communities through their Boma Chief, were sensitized to dig and erect pit latrines at their homes.

“Actually we triggered this village in December last year. The community was given the idea to dig the latrines. And in fact they continued with the idea. They dug the latrines and that is why it has happened today that all the homes in Mairo C. Village have dug pit latrines” added Amanya.

He says with the help of the government, Mairo C. village within Torit town has been identified as the most affected area during the outbreak of cholera in the past years.

Amanya expresses optimism that the two remaining areas of Mairo A. and B. will be declared Open Defecation Free in the next two months as communities continue to adhere to the regulations to maintain home and area hygiene.

He urges communities in Torit particularly and Eastern Equatoria State in general to practice hygiene for healthy living.

For her part, Sonia Poni UNICEF’s Wash Officer pledges to continue supporting communities in Eastern Equatoria State through INTERSOS to promote Community Led Total Sanitation.

Sonia discloses that through their partners, they have already triggered 29 villages in Torit with 14 declared free and 23 other villages triggered and declared Open Defecation Free in Magwi.

 “Mairo was a difficult village before and we tried several times with different partners but this time, it has succeeded. Block C. has succeeded to be ODF” revealed the Officer.

Whereas Deputy Executive Chief of Fodofodo Boma, Joseph Lonuha Tiberio applauds his communities for taking steps to dig pit latrines in their houses as directed.

Lonuha pledges to continue monitoring the hygiene situation in the area and urge members of the community to upgrade from temporary to concrete pit latrines.

He threatens to report violators of hygiene management to government for disciplinary measures.

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