About 400 residents at Mukalangala Landing Site in Kalangala District have been ordered to relocate to other landing sites due to lack of a functional pit-latrine.
The directive was issued by the Kalangala District health inspector, Mr Edward Bugimbi, at the weekend.
According to Mr Bugimbi, the landing site has one pit-latrine which filled up a long time ago and residents currently use nearby bushes as their places of convenience, while others simply throw human waste in their compounds, something that exposes them to diseases.
“We would rather have an empty landing site than keep people to die. How can serious people stay in an area where there is no toilet? “he asked
According to Mr John Tweyunga, the area hygiene and sanitation officer, the residents had started a drive to raise money to erect a new pit-latrine, but some residents refused to support the project, claiming that it was the district’s responsibility to provide sanitation facilities at the landing site.
“It really hurts to lose business, but let it serve as a lesson to the residents who always take things lightly. I am sure that next time they are told to support something that benefits them as a community, they will jointly support it,” he said
Other landing sites closed
The closure of Mukalangala Landing Site comes days after authorities in nearby Masaka District also vowed to close down Diimo Landing Site over deteriorating sanitation in the area.
Like it is the case at many landing sites across the country, access to clean toilets and water is still a big challenge. Many places of convenience at landing sites are privately owned and it costs Shs200 to ease oneself in a pit-latrine.
A 2010 UN habitat report on the water and sanitation initiative that landing sites on Lake Victoria indicate that 76 per cent of the population lacks access to sustainable supplies of safe drinking water, 72 per cent lack access to improved sanitation whereas less than five per cent of the garbage is being collected.
SOURCE: Daily Monitor