Poor personal hygiene and bad sanitation practices are the causes of the high rate of childhood diseases and mortality in the Northern region.
The Programme Manager of Behasun Integrated Development, a non-governmental organisation (NGO), Mr. Hamidu Fuseini, who made the observation, lamented that the majority of people in the region, including those in the cities, resorted to open defecation and along the roads, as some communities lacked toilets facilities.
He was speaking at a public forum to sensitize the people to personal hygiene and environmental cleanliness, at Wayamba, in the Sangnarigu District, on Monday.
Mr. Fusieni expressed regret that low investment in the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) programme, coupled with the inaction of communities to adopt behavioral change were having negative impact on national development.
According to him, more than 60 per cent of people do not wash their hands with soap and water, and urged the community to always practice WASH to prevent contracting diseases.
From Yakubu Abdul-Majeed, Wayamba