Around 12 percent families are out of access to toilet in Jumla, which is the most advanced district of the remote Karnali zone.
At an interaction with district-based mediapersons organised by the District Drinking Water and Sub-Division Office, Jumla under the coordination of SNV Nepal, discussion was held on the role to be played by media and messages to be disseminated by them to declare the district as an open defecation free district on March 8.
There are 21,499 households in 30 VDCs in the district.
Drinking Water and Sanitation advisor of SNV Nepal, Govinda Rokaya, said that out of the total households in the district, 18,928 (around 88 per cent) have access to toilets.
Among other districts of Karnali zone, Jumla is in the forefront in terms of sanitation.
As many as 23 VDCs in the district have been already declared as open defecation free VDCs and preparation was underway to declare the remaining VDCs as open defecation free VDCs.