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Uganda lacks adequate latrines

08 April 2015, 16:58 Godfrey Olukya

Kampala - A large number of rural Ugandan families go to the bush to help themselves for lack latrines, which medical workers have blamed for the rampart spread of typhoid and diarrhea in the country.

It is for that reason that some district leaders have launched an operation to arrest those who do not have latrines. The operation has however forced many family heads to flee and abandon their wives and children.

Over 100 people have so far been arrested in different districts for lack of latrines. Ironically, some of those arrested are local leaders.

The resident district commissioner of Kalungu district in central Uganda, Shafiq Ssekandi said, ''I have ordered police to arrest residents who do not have latrines. Many residents share toilets while others defecate in bush which puts peoples' lives at risk."

Ministry of health official, Dr. Brenda Babalanda attributed the shortage of latrines to failure by the authorities to enforce laws on sanitation.

Babalanda said that in most of the districts, statistics indicate that 30 percent of the people in the country have no latrines.

In the last two months, over 20 people have died of typhoid from different parts of the country.

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