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Parliament calls for sanitation department

13 November 2014, 20:55 Godrey Olukya

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 country.

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 responsibility .

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 gender ministry.

Also read: Health workers must up their game, First Lady says

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 country.

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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