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Some Budaka Residents Visit Anthills as Toilets

Tom Chesol, the Budaka Resident District Commissioner (RDC) and Sam Mulomi, the district chairperson, the move is aimed at enforcing the Public Health Act, 2000, which requires every homestead to have at least a pit-latrine.
28 Mar 2021 16:53
A mini survey by the Budaka district health department has indicated that 30% of the residents in the district practice open defecation instead of going to the toilet.

Jemimah Nantongo, the district health inspector said 30% of households do not have pit latrines and they are living under deplorable hygienic conditions.

According to Nantongo, Lyama and Nansanga are the worst sub counties where most homes have no latrines as residents spend most of their time in the swamp.   The survey named Kakule 1, Buseta, Bulocho and Nyanza villages as the best villages across the district with 100% basic family hygiene facilities. 

 

Nantongo noted that although the mandatory pit latrine depth is at least 15 feet, they found out that many just dig two feet holes and sometimes use anthills as pit-latrines and give excuses of having rocky landscape and loose soils.  

The district authorities have decided that they will henceforth penalize residents without pit latrines and other basic family hygiene facilities in their homes.

Tom Chesol, the Budaka Resident District Commissioner (RDC) and Sam Mulomi, the district chairperson, the move is aimed at enforcing the Public Health Act, 2000, which requires every homestead to have at least a pit-latrine.

The authorities said those without pit-latrines and those that will not comply with the Public Health Act will soon be rounded up to face the law.

‘’Don’t eat if you don’t have a latrine in your compound, because after eating you will need to visit a latrine!" Chesol warned.   "Stop inconveniencing your neighbors, those who have toilets should buy padlocks.’’ 

The outgoing district chairperson Sam Mulomi lamented that low latrine coverage and water scarcity especially in educational institutions has impeded the efforts to improve sanitation and hygiene in the district. 

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