Mirik, 19th November: On the occasion of World Toilet Day, Mirik Women Welfare Society, a non-governmental organization, held a programme in Gudham Dhura Okayti in Mirik.
Under the leadership of the organization's president Lhamu Sherpa, Manika Ghalay and Subalata Giri, the programme was graced by BDO Biplov Kumar Roy as the Chief guest, while Ward No. 01 Councillor and member of the organisation.
During the event, organization president Lhamu Sherpa addressed the issue of poor sanitation which increases the risk of transmission of diseases. She maintained that hygiene and sanitation should be a priority for healthy communities and a healthy nation. She urged the people to reaffirm their commitment to keeping Mirik open defecation free.
Meanwhile, BDO Biplov Kumar Roy said that the country aspires to provide 'Toilet for All'. He said that in the last few years, an unparalleled achievement of providing hygienic toilets to crores of Indians was witnessed which brought tremendous health benefits along with dignity, especially to the women.
"The theme of this year's World Toilet Day is sustainable sanitation and climate change. Severe effects of climate change like floods, drought and rising sea levels are threatening sanitation systems and increasing health risks," Roy added.
Besides, Ward Councillor Palmu Tamang also emphasized on the importance of safe and hygienic toilets which form the strongest defence mechanism against COVID19 and other diseases.