In reaction to the typhoid outbreak in Kampala and neighbouring districts that killed a few people, St Balikuddembe market vendors ambushed water and juice sellers, vandalising their merchandise.
In a clip that ran on Bukedde TV’s Agataliiko Nfuufu, the vendors said the water and juice sellers sold unboiled water they also said they made their juice using unclean water. During the same typhoid outbreak, claims were made that water sellers downtown boiled only a jerrycan of water, which is then mixed with unclean water to get more quantities of water to sell.
Among the reasons given for this unhealthy practice was the fact that vendors wanted to maximise profits by not boiling big volumes of water that would require more energy, and would translate into more expenses.
In an effort to stop this unhealthy practice, PACE, an NGO tackling health problems, visited St Balikuddembe market on April 24 and donated WaterGuard and soap. WaterGuard is a tablet that treats water.
Aising vendors to replace expensive fuels with cheaper WaterGuard, PACE’s executive director, Zacch Akinyemi, told the vendors: “WaterGuard is a cheaper method to treat your water and kill all those bacteria. One tablet is enough to treat twenty litres of water. Eighty tablets cost only Shs 2,560. You can’t compare that to the cost of buying bottled water, or charcoal to boil water.”
The vendors were trained in using WaterGuard and the chairman of the market, Joseph Lwanga, thanked PACE for providing them with a cheaper water-treatment alternative.
Source : The Observer