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Lira To Close Public Toilets Over Poor Hygiene

The Lira public toilets have been abandoned by the public over poor hygiene. Private facilities are however getting overwhelmed by numbers.

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Residents of Lira town have shunned the public toilets at the mayor\'s garden, over the poor hygiene of the facilities. This is now forcing the Municipal Council to consider closing the facilities.

The business community within the municipality has resorted to using private toilet facilities as a cost. Andrew Otim, 29, a boda-boda cyclist says he has resorted to spending a minimum of five hundred shillings to access a private toilet facility at the main bus park. This facility however is always congested because of the many people using it.

Otim now appeals to Lira municipality leaders to renovate the dilapidated public toilets in the area.  There is however bad news for him, as the Municipality principal health officer, Quirino Paga says they are considering closing the current public toilets so that new ones are constructed.

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The health officer however says access to toilets within the municipality is a big challenge and a health threat to the public.

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Other public toilets are in markets including Te-Alok, Jinja Camp, and Junior Quarters, among others but majority are not functional.

Walter Opio, an attendant at the private toilet facility at the main bus park in Lira town says the facility is overwhelmed, with about 300 people estimated to be using it daily.

More than 50,000 people are estimated to be living in or presence within Lira municipality business centre on a daily basis.

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