Tuesday, February 2, 2010

12 arrested over lack of toilets in Uganda

I thought this story was really interesting so here's a re-post from Yellow&Blues.

A total of 21 people have been arrested over failure to construct toilets in their homes. This follows an inspection by health officials in Bugobi and Kisiro parishes in Bulange sub-county.

Juma Mugoya, the Busiki county health inspector, expressed concern that the toilet coverage in the sub-county was less than 50% compared to 62%in other sub counties.

The exercise was aimed at preventing an outbreak of diseases like cholera, typhoid, hepatitis, polio, trachoma and tapeworms — many of which can be fatal to people in the developing world.

The residents, however, said the sandy soils in the area had made it difficult for them to construct latrines.

Last year, 126 people were arrested for lack of latrines and 12 were sentenced to six months in prison.

There are more than 2.6 billion people, roughly 42 percent of the world’s population, waiting in line for toilets that just do not exist.

Children are especially vulnerable to diseases caused by lack of proper sanitation,” says UNICEF executive director Ann Veneman.

“Poor sanitation and hygiene and unsafe water claim the lives of an estimated over 1.5 million children under the age of five every year.”

We hope that international and government organizations extend their help in constructing more toilest in these areas.

Remember: Keep it clean!

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