Alfred Okello, a resident of Anyacoto Village blames the Sub County leadership for failure to allocate funds to build a new latrine at the health facility. Okello says currently patients visiting the facility answer nature’s call in a nearby bush, which possess a huge health risk.
Anyacoto Health Center II, the only
government health facility in the newly created Okwongodul Sub County in Dokolo
district is operating without functional toilets, URN has learnt. Found in
Anyacoto Village, Anyacoto Health Center II serves over 30,000 people.
obtained by Uganda Radio Network-URN indicates that the two stance pit latrine
at the health facility stopped functioning in July 2015 when its roof was
blown off by heavy winds.
The failure by the Okwongodul Sub County leaders to address the toilet crisis
has angered residents and the health center management. They argue that it is
the responsibility of the Sub County leadership to ensure a clean and safe
environment for its employees and residents.
Alfred Okello, a resident of Anyacoto Village blames the Sub County leadership
for failure to allocate funds to build a new latrine at the health facility.
Okello says currently patients visiting the facility answer nature’s call in a
nearby bush, which possess a huge health risk.
//Cue in: “Coronoro tye anaka …
Cue out: … ni latrine pe.”//
Joel Eropu, a resident of Ageni A village in Okwongodul Sub County, says the
health facility has called for the immediate intervention of the Sub County and
the district leadership to resolve the matter.
//Cue in: “Ica adong lac …
Cue out: … nyongo iyi poto.”//
Florence Akello, the in-charge of Anyacoto Health Center III, says the latrine
broke down due to heavy rains, adding that she has already forwarded the
concern to the district leadership pending response.
//Cue in: “Toilet onwo gite …
Cue out: … odong their respond.”//
“The toilet broke down due to heavy downpour and hailstorm; we have no
alternative as of now and this puts the lives of people especially the
expectant mothers at risks, however, I have already petitioned the Sub County
and DHO over the matter awaiting respond,” she said.
Besides the lack of toilets, Akello says
the health center lacks adequate space, which compromises the privacy of their
patients. Geoffrey Weja, the Okwongodul Sub County LC III Chairperson, says
they have failed to raise money to rectify the toilet at the health facility
due to low local revenue collection.
Weja said since the government imposed the
lockdown to contain the spread of coronavirus, the Sub County has failed to
raise money to run a number of activities. He, however, said they are
coordinating with the district leadership to forge appropriate ways to handle
Dokolo District Health Officer Dr. Samuel Ojok says the situation is alarming
and needs immediate intervention of the government. He is, however, optimistic that the problem
will be sorted out since plans are underway to upgrade the status of the
facility to HCIII status. The LC V Chairperson, Frederick Dickens Odongo pledged
to take immediate actions.
//Cue in: “We are going …
Cue out: … kede amano amano.”//
“We are going to work out a solution, plans are now underway to install a
drainage latrine probably we shall use an emergency plan of this financial year
to handle that,” he pledged.