Informal settlements, too many issues to worry about covid-19?
While the World Health Organization (WHO) advises the public to ensure people around them follow good respiratory hygiene, for informal settlements that use one ablution facility it is a challenge.
Plagued by many other issues informal dwellers say it is hard to keep up with the covid 19 updates, with more than 50 families using one toilet facility they say it is highly likely that some may not be following the regulations
Mthuthuzeli Sosibo, a resident of informal settlement in Clairwood said people have issues that have existed before the virus, issues such as poor access to basic sanitation, solid waste accumulation, sewage blocks that affect the functioning of the toilets spilling raw waste on roads and a range of other health risks. Covid-19 was seen as one more issue to the ones already existing.
“The number of people using toilets is higher than the number designated for the facilities. A person can sneeze and touch surfaces, there aren’t any sanitizers and the toilets are not maintained all the time,” Sosibo said.
Another resident, Nontobeko Zuma said that people were just grateful for having toilets because the situation before this was way worse.
“A person can only take so much, people are trying but it’s difficult in this kind of setup however we do need to educate people about it,” she said.