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Village without toilets

Repeka Nasiko
Tuesday, January 15, 2013

HEALTH concerns have been raised by a village chief in Yasawa after villagers spent the past few weeks with no proper toilet facility.

As a direct impact of last month's Tropical Cyclone Evan, some households of Yaqeta Village on Nacula Island have been without restrooms.

Tui Yaqeta, Ratu Semisi Bete, said toilets were among structures destroyed by the cyclone.

"A few households are without proper toilets now, so they have to resort to going to the bush or to the sea to relieve themselves," said Ratu Semisi.

"This is a problem for us because it could pose a health risk for the village."

Ratu Semisi said the villagers were making every effort to replace the damaged restrooms.

"It takes a while. First we have to dig holes and then find the required plastic toilet bowls to finish the job.

"For the past few years we have been using flush toilets but because we don't have the supplies to rebuild them, some of us have no choice but to build pit toilets again." Ratu Semisi said some villagers did not want to build pit toilets because they were unhygienic.

He requested assistance from the Health Ministry.

"We need help from the ministry because the required plastic toilet bowls for the flush toilets are not available in Lautoka. I was told that they are only available in Suva," Ratu Semisi said.

The ministry has yet to respond to questions sent by this newspaper.