Poor Sanitation Costing Us, Warns Prime Minister

Eighty-five per cent of the disease burden in Uganda is caused by poor sanitation and hygiene, Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda said on Monday.

Meeting Barbara Frost, the WaterAid International chief executive, and other stakeholders in the sanitation and hygiene sector at his office, he cited such diseases as diarrhoea, intestinal worms, cholera, dysentery, typhoid, and scabies. He pointed out that basics such as hand washing were not strictly observed.

“As a result, the country is incurring excessive costs on diseases related to poor sanitation and hygiene. We spend $8.1m to treat sanitation and hygiene-related illness,” he said, adding that even more money was being spent on premature deaths associated with sanitation and hygiene-related diseases.

Challenges notwithstanding, the premier said government had worked hard to significantly improve access to safe water and sanitation. Barbara Frost pledged to support government efforts to improve access to safe water.

Source : The Observer

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