district leaders have arrested more than seven errant Village Health Team VHTs members and Local Council I Chairpersons for not having latrines, hand
washing and other sanitary facilities in their homes.
exercise which kicked off on Wednesday by the district Social Services
Committees in Pakele Sub County is meant to deal with families that continuously
ignored constructing essential sanitary facilities in their homes.
leaders particularly targeted the LCs and VHTs for not sensitizing and
supervising homesteads on the need to have functional sanitary facilities in
their areas. Among those arrested was Akello
Margaret, the VHT of Gonyila Village who was detained for some hours because in
her village where the team discovered that out of 84 households only 50 had latrines.
made to report to the Sub County for a meeting and later on told to go to the
police for having low latrine coverage contrary to the district’s fight against
open defecation free. Benson Tamale the Secretary for Defense
Gonyila village was also apprehended by the Committee for not having a latrine.
the VHT for Okawa village in Pakele Sub County was also detained for 6 hours
for low latrine coverage in his area where it was found that out of 790
households with 1,429 people, only 332 households have latrines.
Buni Alex the local council one
chairperson Gonyila Village, in Pakele Sub County was also arrested and
detained at Pakele Sub County Police Post for over four hours for not having a
latrine before he was released on bond due to medical conditions.
in Ofua Sub County the Local Council One Chairman of Opio village James Madigo
and his VHT Anthony Rubankena were also arrested for not having Pit Latrines at
John Sabuni the district Councilor
for Arinyapi Sub County and also Secretary for Health who spearheaded the
operations indicated that the district is dropping in latrine coverage due to
the laxity of the local leaders. He explains
that the exercise is also aimed at disciplining the village leaders so that
they can improve on Sanitation in their homes and villages.
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Illemai, the Assistant District Health Officer in charge of Environmental Health
Adjumani revealed that latrine coverage in the district has dropped by
4-percent, adding that out of 210 villages only 162 of them have enough latrines.
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Dramwi the LC III Chairperson Ofua Sub County welcomed the operation saying he
will mobilize people to ensure that they have latrines and other sanitary
facilities in their homesteads.
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indicate that Adjumani district currently has a latrine coverage of 77-per cent
indicating that open defecation is still a common practice in several