Sanitation operation flags off in Kagadi district to curb hygiene related issues
Sanitation levels in the district are bothersome which motivated the district to start an operation to apprehend all businesses and homesteads that do not meet required parameters, says Situma.
The department of health Kagandi district local government has commenced a district-wide sanitation campaign to prevent the spread of cholera and other water-borne diseases.
District health minister, Peter Situma, said that the sanitation levels in the district are bothersome which motivated the district to start an operation to apprehend all businesses and homesteads that do not meet required parameters.
“We are moving in all towns and trading centres because the hygiene and sanitation in these areas are really wanting,” Situma said.
The operation started in Paacwa trading centre where eating places, clinics, guest houses and homesteads were closed after they failed to fulfil the health safety standards.
The operational standards constitute the license, hygiene of the building, food handling, food handlers, general hygiene of the working environment, general hygiene of the food handlers, hand washing facilities, sanitary facilities, kitchen presence, litter-bin for solid waste and water for use.
Minister added that the operation followed the outbreak of cholera on the fishing villages on Lake Albert and it is possible that it could spread to other areas. He mentioned that over 100 cases of cholera have been reported from the area.
“We don’t want to be taken unawares and start regretting that we would have done the necessary precautions to prevent the spread. Prevention is cheaper and better than treatment,” Situma noted.
He further said that some drug shops register as drug shops but end up admitting patients in a filthy environment which endangers the life of the people which is objectionable.
“Our people are crazy because how do you fail to have a latrine and afford to buy a dish and watch television. We decided to close such homes so that they can have a sense of responsibility,” said Situma.
Adding further, he said that most of the food handlers never had aprons to maintain hygiene and promote cleanliness. These food vendors used to prepare chapatti and beans in unhygienic conditions. These people are operating in open places with dirt and flies affecting the food.
Stimuma pledged to continue such operations in all major towns and trading centres in the district.
“We are not stopping here and I want to warn the rest of people in other areas we are coming to inspect your places,” said Situma.