TOILET PROBLEMS “what goes around comes around”: A Community Problem
Toilets are essential component of a sustainable sanitation system. Diseases, like cholera, affects approximately 3 million people each year, can be basically prevented when successful sanitation prevents human waste from contaminating drinking water supplies. Various outbreaks have occurred and is usually fatal. Even now, many people especially in developing nations have no toilets and still resorts to open defecation.
Based on the April 2015 primary survey done by the Medical Students of ADZU-School of Medicince in Barangay New Barili, Municipality of Tampilisan, Zamboanga del Norte, Philippines. Of the 175 household surveyed 95% has access to basic toilet facilities. 87% is exclusively owned, while the rest is owned and shared. 63% are water-sealed type, 20% are closed pit holes, 13% has a flush system, and the rest has an open pit or open defecation. While majority of the toilet facilities are water-sealed and considered sanitary, some residents said that they seldom used it. The issue is the effort of carrying heavy galon's of water from distant water source just to pour it on waste.
In the Barangay Assembly held in April 2015, the community decided the toilet problems as one of the top 5 prioritized health problems in the Barangay. We on our side as medical students who conducted the survey saw this as a problem. Thus we can say that we know the potentiality of the the problem identified.
On our 4-year stay in this community, together with the people, we are eager to help the community on finding a solution on how to solve this problem. It will not be that easy I tell you, but it’s worth all the effort to have a To a Better and Cleaner Future.
ADZU-SOM Level 1