Parliament calls for sanitation department
13 November 2014, 20:55
Nairobi - As Uganda joins the rest of the world in commemorating world
toilet day on the 19th of November 2014 next week,
members on parliament sanity forum are calling upon government to
set up inter-ministerial department to handle issues of sanitation
and hygiene in schools ,health centers and communities around the
Addressing journalists at parliament ,the chairperson of the
forum ,Jacqueline said that the situation of hygiene and
sanitation in schools especially toilets is alarming and that ,ministries that
is supposed to implement hygiene in schools keep dogging their
She said,''Every time parliament tries to press for matters
of sanitation as to know why schools don’t have enough toilets as well as
provision of sanitary towels to girls, every ministry contacted
denies responsibility and pushes it to another ministry.''
She gave an example of education ministry pushing it to
health ministry , and then health ministry pushes the responsibility to
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It is for that reason that they are calling for need
for a ministry of sanitation.
She said that as result of poor sanitation and hygiene like
open defication in schools, and lack of toilets in communities ,
government spends 21 million dollars to treat sanitation related diseases
like cholera, hepatitis E among.
According to demography reports, the ratio of a toilet in
schools in Uganda is 70% per one toilet.
The government standard is supposed to
be 40 pupils per toilet in all schools in the country.
The parliamentarians commented against
long lines of children queuing to use toilets most schools in the
The commemoration of the world toilet day is
scheduled to take place in Amuria district,in northern Uganda and Prime
Minister Ruhakana Rugunda is expected to be the guest of honor.
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