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Heavy Rains Destroy Pit Latrines in Gulu City

Some of the pit latrines are filled with water while some had their roofs blown off by heavy rains. The lack of toilets has forced many residents to ease themselves in polythene bags and buckets and dispose of the waste in drainage channels and on the streets.
One of the latrines destroyed by heavey downpour in Industrial Area in Gulu West Division

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More than 17,000 people in Gulu City West Division are living in poor hygiene after heavy rains destroyed several pit latrines.

Some of the pit latrines are filled with water while some had their roofs blown off by heavy rains.

The lack of toilets has forced many residents to ease themselves in polythene bags and buckets and dispose of the waste in drainage channels and on the streets.

Morris Okello, the Secretary for Defense in Industrial Area in Gulu West Division expressed fear of an outbreak of Cholera in the area since the wastes are carried and dumped into the only open water sources.

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Gloria Adong, a resident says that every rainy season, their houses and toilets sink. She is concerned about the risks to the children if they are exposed to faeces.

Nighty Adong, a resident in the area says that she is worried about the possible outbreak of hygiene-related diseases like typhoid, diarrhoea and dysentery.

However, Christopher Ojok, the Engineer in- charge of Buildings in Gulu City Council blamed the residents for illegal settlement in the area that was gazetted for an industrial park.

Ojok explained the Council is yet to assess the buildings in the area for further action and urged the occupants to pave way for industrial growth in the area.  

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The 2019 report by Gulu District Local Government on hygiene and sanitation-related diseases indicate that 20,663 people suffered from worm infections in the district. 

Others were skin diseases which affected 29,866 people, urinary tract infections, UTIs with 29,588 people, diarrhoea 24,606 with malaria top on the list with 202,109 people representing 27 percent of the infections in the District in 2019.