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Man Dies While Digging School Pit Latrine :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Man Dies While Digging School Pit Latrine

Franco Kifuko had been hired by the administration of Ibanda Junior School and was expected to dig the pit up to 100 feet. It however buried him when he had reached 75 feet.
 A 24-year-old man in Ibanda Municipality is confirmed dead after a pit latrine he was digging curved in.

Franco Kifuko, a resident of Kyabugeija cell in Bufunda division in Ibanda Municipality died yesterday.

Kifuko had been hired by the administration of Ibanda Junior School and was expected to dig the pit up to 100 feet. It however buried him when he had reached 75 feet.

Kenneth Wodeya, the officer in charge of the fire brigade at Ibanda Police station, says the police could not save Kifuko, as he had already suffocated to death by the time they arrived.

Godard Musinguzi, the director of the school told URN that the deceased had been an expert at his work.

A member of staff at the school who declined to go on record told URN the school administration had been cautioned about the possibility of the pit collapsing but they ignored the warning. 

Pit latrines are still the most widely used form of faecal disposal in Ugandan homes and schools. The Ministry of Health puts the national average toilet coverage at around 68%, almost seven out of every 10 homes.

 

A 2013 report by Environmental Health Perspectives indicates that pit latrines are in use by more than half the urban population in Sub-Saharan Africa and especially among low income earners.

 

Of the 2.7 billion people using on-site sanitation worldwide, according to the report, an estimated 1.77 billion use some form of pit latrine as their primary means of excreta disposal.

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