With the Slogan ‘Leaving no one behind’, World Toilet Day was celebrated to raise awareness on the need of hygienic toilets to prevent Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) at the Bengal Multimedia Studios in the capital on Tuesday. Housing and Public Works Minister SM Rezaul Karim was present as the chief guest and Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) Mayor Atiqul Islam was present as the special guest at the programme.
Recently, it has been found in a study by UNICEF that around 56 million rural people of the country suffer from different diseases due to the use of unhealthy toilet. It also says that proper sanitation plays an important role in a strong economy, improvement in health, safety and respect, especially for women.
In his speech, SM Rezaul Karim said, “Clean and hygienic toilet is crucial to an individual’s health. We have established separate toilets for boys and girls in all educational institutions of the country. Because we think that one of the basic rights of human beings is their well being and health. The existing public toilet system in our country is not adequate. So, we will make public toilets clean and hygienic all over Bangladesh and everyone should be aware of the issue.”
DNCC Mayor Atiqul Islam said, “The toilet issue is involved with the traffic issue of Dhaka City. People need toilet when they are stuck in traffic jam, especially women. Those who build big markets or shopping malls in Dhaka city must make separate toilets for male and female. Those who will not arrange separate toilet will be charged double tax. So, everyone has to come forward from their positions.”
Among others, National Deputy Commissioner of Bangladesh Scouts (Social Development and Health) Md. Fusiullah, former vice chancellor of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) Kamrul Hasan Khan, DNCC Panel Mayor Daisy Sarwar and a good number of film actor and actress were present in the celebration.