Open defecation is still a challenge in Moroto district with only 15.6% pit latrine coverage, according to the district health report, 2017. This has left cases of diarrhea, dysentery, typhoid, cholera and other sanitation related diseases high in the district.
Moroto district chairman, Andrew Keem Napaja [on yellow shirt], RDC Peter Ken Lochap [on swaeter] and other officials from Caritas Moroto putting up signpost indicating ODF in Kamera village.
Looi and Kamera villages in Nadunget Sub County
in Moroto district have been declared Open Defecation Free- ODF. The
villages attained ODF status last week following the intervention by Caritas
Moroto Diocese with support from UKAID and CAFORD.
The diocese was implanting its fourth project
titled “Improved access to water, sanitation and hygiene for disadvantaged
communities in Northern Uganda.” The declaration of Looi and Kamera brings to
eight, the number of villages with ODF status in Moroto district.
There are 198 villages in Moroto district.
Walter Owiny, the Moroto District Water and Sanitation Officer, says all the
villages with ODF status are in Nadunget due to the involvement of partners.
He notes that locals including the leadership
of Moroto don’t value sanitation.
“There is negative attitude and
mindset towards sanitation especially in construction and usage of pit
latrines. Many people here like answering nature calls in the bushes and
flowing rivers around. But we are working hard to ensure that open defecation
ceases to be an issue in Moroto”, he said.
Open defecation is still a challenge in Moroto district with
only 15.6% pit latrine coverage, according to the district health report, 2017.
This has left cases of diarrhea, dysentery, typhoid, cholera and other
sanitation related diseases high in the district.
Interventions on Hygiene and Sanitation especially on
constructing pit latrines have largely been left to partners. In most cases,
when partners leave after the expiry of their project, people return to their
A mini survey by URN indicates that some of the villages like
Namijimij that were declared open defecation free have reverted to their old
lifestyle of using rivers for answering nature calls. Political support on sanitation especially on the use of pit
latrines is still lagging, according to the same report.
The report authored by
the district health office in Moroto shows that 57 percent of the leaders have
pit latrines in their homes and residences unlike in 2014 where barely 30
percent of leaders could possess pits. Out of six sub counties including two divisions in Moroto,
URN could confirm only two LC3 chairpersons with pit latrines in use at their
A number of district and sub county councilors have not heed to the
calls for construction pit latrines. At the village and parish levels, only a
handful of leaders have pit latrines.
Bureau Chief, Soroti
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