The latest Multiple Indication Cluster Surveys (MICS) report revealed that Nigeria’s Kogi and Niger states topped the list among States that practice open defecation in the country.
According to the report, more than half of residents in the two states (53 percent for Kogi and 52 percent for Niger) defecate in open places.
Kogi has been leading the chart since 2019.
The ICIR reports that the practice is minimal in Zamfara and Lagos states, according to a report of the latest MICS released to journalists on Tuesday in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
The United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) and the Child’s Right Information Bureau (CRIB) of the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture released the 2021 MICS report at a two-day media dialogue.
Lagos and Zamfara states have only three and two percent of their residents doing open defecation
The report shows a cumulative increase in open defecation in Nigeria within the period under study.
One in five persons (22 percent) practices open defecation, an increase of two percent from 2017, when the last MICS was conducted.
The United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) initiated MICS as an in-country programme in the mid-’90s. It is conducted in many countries.
Since its inception, MICS has become the largest source of statistically sound and internationally comparable data on children and women worldwide.
The Nigerian Bureau of Statistics (NBS) coordinates the survey in Nigeria, with funding and technical support from UNICEF, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, GAVI, and the Nigerian government.
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