The statute in one of the Garden Toilets at the Samoa Tourism Village that was opened today as part of World Toilet Day commemorations.
BY Joshua Lafoai
APIA: WEDNESDAY 19 NOVEMBER 2014: During the celebration of the National Toilet Day 2014, Deputy Prime Minister, Fonotoe Pierre Lauofo strongly reminded Samoa that hygiene and proper sanitation is crucial to a healthy lifestyle.
The Deputy Prime Minister reiterates that having proper waste disposal as much as a clean environment contributes greatly to the peoples’ health and well-being.
“It’s a must to have proper sanitation, to put a stop to the sanitation problems,” said Fonotoe.
“The cause of many diseases involving water and sanitation is because of not having the proper level of hygiene needed to be achieved to maintain a healthy environment,” he stated.
“These are easily avoidable diseases,” said Fonotoe. “To some, it’s a very useless house, but they do not know, the toilet is the single most important house there should be,” said the Deputy Prime Minister.
He reiterated the importance of raising awareness on the importance of having proper sanitation in households.
About 2.5 million people in the world do not have access to proper sanitation areas or toilets.
It is understandable that due to such, more than 3000 children die every day from diseases such as typhoid, diarrhea, and other hygienic related diseases.
During todays’ celebrations, multiple projects and commemorative items were launched in celebration of World Toilet Day.
The message was to never go back to the way it was, it is time for Samoa to rise up a standard in proper sanitation.
Two Garden toilets were opened at the Tourism Cultural Village, which includes a bathroom built with a garden inside.
A statue to commemorate the importance of the level of hygiene Samoa is now at, and to always remember where it all started, and lastly, postage stamps made specially to commemorate World Toilet day.
Jack Sims, also known as Mr. Toilet visited the Prime Minister earlier this year and was bestowed the honorary title Tuifalevao. Falevao is one of the Prime Ministers villages on the eastern side of Upolu island and the name is loosely translated to mean a toilet.
In the opening remarks and spiritual message by Reverend Aumua Seuga Aumua, reminded that even in the time of Moses, proper waste management was important.
“It was a sin to be unhealthy and unclean, and thus sickness was the punishment for those who did not take care of their health,” said Rev. Aumua.
The celebration of Toilet day is sanctioned by the United Nations and is held on the 19th of November each year, as it is a very important factor of everyday life.