water access and sanitation

 

Photo by MDDHL Mokolo 8071

A woman who draws water from a puddle.  There is no access to potable water, increasing the likelihood of catching diseases. This is the negligence of public offices and other people. There is a lack of action by NGOs, water is not available for people in Mokolo so water is trucked in from Mora – a hundred kilometres away.  There is no justice.

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Photos by MDDHL Maroua 497

These pictures re-raise questions about hygiene and healthfulness.  A woman is washing dishes in the dirty water of the river and a child is pooping right next to the river.

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Photos by MDDHL Maroua 385

Sewage seeping around the market in Maroua.  Exposing foodstuff (tomatoes, onions, etc) which are usually eaten raw to this presents a danger to the health of the population.  There we find trash thrown away by other people. Via these foodstuffs left sitting on the ground, the population is susceptible to all kinds of diseases – diarrhoea, rashes and others. To avoid this, the Ministry of Health, administrative authorities and traditional are in charge of ensuring normal life for the affected population.

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Photo by MDDHL Maroua 8192

I took this photo at the slaughterhouse in Maroua.  Looking at this picture carefully, there are youth dressed in red shirts.  They are the labourers in this slaughterhouse. They have bosses who manage them and ensure hygiene. However these are not respected even though this slaughterhouse belongs to the state.  When they slit the throat of an animal, they leave the blood on the ground until the next day.  Then they come back the next day and do the same. The place is really rotten.  This discomforts the residents of the area. Me, as a member of MDDHL would like to see us, together, find a hygienic solution for this building, which is located right in the middle of town, by contacting the administrative authorities.

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Photo by MDDHL Mokolo 8192

This photos show us the presence of volunteer paramedics from the Red Cross – on the ground for the cholera epidemic.  They fulfill the role of hygiene and health workers.


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