- Some family members say it is expensive to construct latrines and opt to share
- The leaders say besides the new resolution of caning or arrests, they would continue with sensitization
- The district has previously experienced cholera outbreaks and they want to avert such scenarios with the return of the rains
By Amacha Goli
Adjumani-After several attempts of dialogue and community sensitization in order to have family members construct latrines in order to avoid outbreak of diseases, the authorities here have resolved to cane the defiant family members without latrines.
The authorities resolved last week that since majority of the families do not have latrines, a new method should be employed.
The assistant district health officer in charge of environmental health, Manga Godfrey, said this was to ensure that household hygiene practices improve. He said there are still many cases of people sharing one latrine, which he said is dangerous to communities.
The district latrine coverage stands at 84 per cent while safe water coverage is 62 per cent and hand washing stands at 58 per cent. Some of the locals here opt to attend to the nature call in the bushes, which later contaminates water when it rains.
Every year the, Sanitation week is observed between 14th and 21st March.
In Adjumani this year the celebration has been extended by one week to March 27 and World Water Day will be celebrated on Wednesday 28th 2018 at Pakele sub county headquarters.