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Kalangala Residents Exposed to Water Borne Diseases

The most affected areas are Bubeke, and Kyamuswa sub-counties, where is lack of clean water and proper sanitation in the district has exposed residents to water-borne diseases that include bilharzia; diarrhea, typhoid, and dysentery.
Wastes disposed at the shoreline of lake victoria.

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Residents living on several landing sites in Kalangala district are at a risk of contracting water-borne diseases.

The most affected areas are Bubeke, and Kyamuswa sub-counties, where there is lack of clean water and proper sanitation. This has exposed the residents to water-borne diseases that include bilharzia; diarrhea, typhoid, and dysentery.

On Nkese Island, residents dispose human waste on the lake shores. The same water is drawn directly from the lake for domestic use.

Richard Kakande, a resident says residents could contract diseases since even the health facilities in the area lack toilets and clean water.  He says that the district should construct enough toilet facilities to match the ever-increasing population.

//Cue in: “Tutuuka ku dwaliro …

Cue out: … mu buzibu bwamaanyi”//

Godfrey Obua, the in -charge Bubeke Health Center III, says that due to the lack of latrines in several homesteads, residents are forced to dispose fecal matter in the lake.  

//Cue in: “EKizibu ekileetedde bano …

Cue out: … abalwadde ekiddukano kino”//

Last year, the District Health Inspector Edward Bugimbi told the district council that at least 5 tons of fecal matter is disposed into Lake Victoria from the several landing sites. 

Currently, the district health office is recommending residents to use Priziquantum as medication to prevent Bilharzia infections.

Bugimbi however says, the district has no money to construct pit latrines at health facilities.

//Cue in: “Kati olaba, tulinawo …

Cue out: … webakolera, one webasula”//

The District Health Officer Hillary Bitakaramire says the district has already dispatched a team of experts to analyze the situation in the affected areas so as to solicit for medical assistance from the Ministry of Health.

 



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