By Ronald Kabuye
At least 21% of Ugandan population don’t have access to toilets accounting to approximately 8.6 million people according to ministry of health.
While making a presentation during the ministry of health media breakfast briefing in Kampala, the technical advisor Uganda sanitation fund project David Katwale Ssemwanga revealed that
Marcha districts has also been ranked as the district with the highest latrine coverage with 91% of latrine coverage and 65% hand washing yet the whole country is at 79% latrine coverage by 2018 from 49% in 1997 and 36% hand washing rate.
Maracha also has 165 villages with latrines and 132 village open defecation free.
He adds that over 79,200 people living in Open Defecation Free environment and 77% hand washing coverage in Maracha district while Karamoja region has the lowest with latrines.
it’s also estimated that Uganda losses 389 billion shillings due to poor sanitation while it kills 90% of the children under five years.
This comes when the country is commemoration the 2019 Sanitation Week that is to be climaxed at Oluvu Primary School Play Ground in Maracha district under they theme, Good Sanitation – My responsibility.
Furthermore, Poor sanitation negatively impacts on the health, dignity, economy and social well being of persons and the country at large.
Meanwhile the ministry has declared Kampala cholera free.
At the beginning of this year, government announced Cholera out break in Kampala especially in areas of Kaboowa in Rubaga division that claimed two lives.
However Doctor Godfrey Bwire, the Principal Medical Officer for Control of Diarrhea Disease at the ministry of health notes that all the four patients that were admitted at Naguru hospital were discharged last month after they tested negative .
Doctor Bwire also revealed that working with National Medical stores they are carrying out Chlorea mass immunization campaign in 11 districts starting with four including Hoima, Nebbia, Apac and Pwckwachi to a tune of 6.8m shillings for over 3.6 Million people.
Cholera is an infectious disease that causes severe watery diarrhoea that leads to instant dehydration and eventual death if untreated mostly caused by poor sanitation.
It’s on the above note that Dr. Bwire has called upon all residents in Kaboowa and other Kampala surbubs to observe proper sanitation and hygiene thus vowing to continue sensitising communities about Cholera ahead of this rainny season.