With a latrine coverage shortfall of 20 per cent, Kasese district risks outbreaks of water-borne diseases such as cholera, diarrhoea and typhoid.
At the launch of the status of Sanitation and Hygiene report in Kasese municipality, it was announced that the district latrine coverage stood at 80 per cent. The Kasese district social works committee chairman, Richard Bomera, said it was disappointing that Kasese municipality, the model urban centre in the district with an enlightened population, had a 30 per cent shortfall in latrine coverage.
Juliet Biira, a resident of Bulembia, said that since her latrine was washed away by floods, she had failed to construct another. In a meeting held at the district boardroom on Monday, Bomera underscored the need for areas such as Busongora North and South, Bukonzo East and West health sub-districts to improve their sanitation.
In Bulembia division, he said, there is poor usage and maintenance of latrines, especially in Katiri, Kanyarubuga, Namhuga and Kyanzuki. He urged the area health assistant to ensure corrective use of the facilities. Bomera also asked municipal environmental health officers at the division level to emphasise latrine usage and coverage as a tool to safeguard the community against diseases.
Source : The Observer