BY ALEX BALUKU
KASESE: FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2021
Dr Jane Ruth Aceng, the minister of health, has appealed to the residents of Kasese district to ensure sanitation and hygiene at their households.
The minister explained that home hygiene would help the flood prone district to prevent the outbreak of water borne disease.
She made the remarks while launching the oral cholera vaccination drive at Karusandara sub-county in Kasese district.
This was in response to claims by the sub-county chairman, John Charles Mukiiza, that continuous flooding had led to famine and increased rate of infections in the area.
“As a result of flooding the rate of malaria infections has shot up to 80%, malnutrition for both children and adults at 40% and diarrhea among the people is also common,” he said.
Karusandara sub-county that has a population of 25,000 people is served by two health centre IIIs, Kanamba and Karusandara.
Mukiiza disclosed that the most affected age groups are children between 0-6 years, pregnant mothers and the lactating women.
According to Mukiiza, the occurrence of floods has also led to redundancy in the people to construct toilets.
He also indicated that only 358 households have some improved latrines, 1, 689 have unimproved ones, 210 do not have toilets and 399 households have dirty latrines.
He proposed that the government considers desilting the water channels of River Mubuku to reduce the incidences of flooding that he said often lead to the destruction of crops in the area and household property.
However Dr Aceng responded that desilting, though possible would be a costly long-term measure.
She said in the short run, leaders should sensitize the locals about the need to live in a healthy environment.
“Embrace continuous hand washing, practice sanitation and strengthen immunization programs across the district,” she advised.
Joshua Kisembo Masereka, the Kasese Deputy Resident District Commissioner noted that some of the sub-counties bordering the Democratic Republic of Congo were already registering cases of cholera.
He said with the vaccination exercise, he is optimistic that cholera will be stumped out in Kasese district.